Danish Museum of Art & Design [group field study 1]
feb 25 09
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:
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!