Danish Museum of Art & Design [group field study 1]

feb 25 09

at the Kunstindustrimuseet:



amidst all of the fabulous chairs at the exhibition, i still feel that poul henningsen’s lamps can be seen as most strongly embodying and typifying danish design:


‘the artichoke’

poul henningsen was the first to investigate home lighting ‘rationally and scientifically’

lamps were made for danish pavillion at world exhibition in paris, 1925

consist of several shades which not only cover incandescent lamp, but also reflect its light in desired direction

construction makes for quiet general illumination outisde sphere of direct lighting, and means there is no uncomfortable contrast between light right under lamp + general level of lighting

intensity of light diminishes near edge of shades, and avoids sharp contrast between lamp and darkness

was particularly interested in the color of light (disliked modern incandescent lamp and rejected fluorescent lighting because they lacked certain parts of the spectrum,like red. , while embracing old carbon filament lamps

(produced by louis poulsen)

important! the mathematical calculation ofthe light reflections on the shades- this calculation decided the form of the shade

tradition in denmark that the architect is also responsible for the interiors.

‘light addiction’ in denmark, esp important in nordic countries

denmark uses more candles per head of population than any other country!


2 Responses to “Danish Museum of Art & Design [group field study 1]”

  1. 1 Barney

    You obviously have a great talent. Your drawing skills are exceptional and your mind is super-active. But your sketchbook also indicates that you are somewhat disorganized and not focussed, and that you too lean far more toward accumulating information than toward using it.

    If you compare your sketchbook pages with those of Charlotte Perriand, for instance (check out her book of sketches, Livre de Bord, 1928-1933, from your library), you will notice a difference. Her sketches are mostly of original ideas, rather than studies of other designers. She made the work sketches between from age 24 and 29, and she became famous for her bookshelf at age 24, before Le Corbusier hired her. I hope that you also have a notebook or sketchbook where you are engaging in developing your own ideas and inventing.

    Remember, Poul Henningsen was 14 when he made his first invention, and he never went to college ever. Too many smart people waste their lives studying others without making the best of their talent as original thinkers. If you turn your brilliant and restless mind to inventing, you might end up making a significant contribution.

    Btw, are you Tiffany or Tiffanie? Why do so many Asian kids feel that they have to have a Western name? Anything wrong with an Asian name? It was Henningsen, also, who said: “Human beings are like children; once they see a new toy, they throw away their culture.” There is a lot to be proud of in Asian names and Asian culture. Isamu Noguchi was born American. His mother was white American. But he was named Isamu, and he was proud of his Asian name. By tapping into his Asian heritage, also, he left a deep mark on the 20th century.

    Good luck.

  2. i am using LED lights for our home lighting because they can save my electric bills :-:

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