The original Radiohus Pendant is making a comeback Louis Poulsen is to relaunch the original Radiohus Pendant from the 1940s under the name of VL45 Radiohus Pendant. The Radiohus Pendant was originally created for the Radiohuset building on Frederiksberg in Copenhagen, which was designed by the architect Vilhelm Lauritzen – one of the leading proponents of modernism and functionalism. Vilhelm Lauritzen also designed all the lights for the Radiohuset building in partnership with Louis Poulsen. The Radiohus Pendant has since become a cherished design icon that is in great demand at antique markets and auctions. On account of its huge popularity, Louis Poulsen has decided to reintroduce the Radiohus Pendant in September 2016, when the light will be available in two sizes: 250mm and 370mm diameter. The new light will feature the original design, updated to accommodate modern advances in light technology and energy efficiency. The Radiohus Pendant consists of three layers of mouth-blown glass. The innermost and outermost layers are made of transparent polished glass, while white glass is used for the intermediate layer.
A master of the art of light
“The historical ties between the Radiohus Pendant and the building for which it was created are clearly reflected in the design and the light-technology properties of the light itself. It was originally used for general illumination in many parts of the Radiohuset building. And with its powerful downwards light combined with gentler illumination via the opal glass – which generate softer tones in the room – it is simply ideal for illuminating both everyday objects and more decorative items. The pendant is decorative in a simple manner, and it aligns neatly with the current furnishing trend of combining modern design with tried and tested classics,” says Rasmus Markholt, Design Manager at Louis Poulsen.
The Radiohus Pendant became Louis Poulsen’s best-selling lamp when it was first launched 80 years ago. Fashion moved on, however, and the original lamp was dropped from the company’s range. Nevertheless, several variations of this type of lamp have since appeared. Demand for the original Radiohus Pendant remains high to this day, proving that there is something special about Vilhelm Lauritzen’s lamps – which is why Rasmus Markholt anticipates a strong comeback for the VL45 Radiohus Pendant on both the Danish and international lamp markets.
“Vilhelm Lauritzen was a master of the art of uniting materials and light. He carried out in-depth studies of daylight as early as in the 1920s, and throughout his working life he was devoted to developing and improving his lamps, which blended in harmoniously with the buildings he designed. So it is no accident that the Radiohus Pendant retains a faithful following of fans to this day, and we are looking forward to relaunching Vilhelm Lauritzen’s most popular lamp,” adds Rasmus Markholt.
The Radiohus Pendant will be in stores from September 2016. For details of dealers, see www.louispoulsen.com. The recommended retail prices are € 405 for the 250mm diameter Radiohus Pendant and € 535 for the 370mm diameter version.
FACTS About the VL45 Radiohus Pendant
This September, Louis Poulsen will be relaunching the beautiful Radiohus Pendant in two sizes: 250mm and 370mm diameter. The Radiohus Pendant consists of three layers of mouth-blown glass. The innermost and outermost layers are made of transparent polished glass, while white glass is used for the intermediate layer.
The VL45 Radiohus Pendant has been updated from the perspectives of lighting technology and energy efficiency, and it features a ‘conventional’ screw socket that can accommodate LED bulbs.
The Radiohus Pendant was originally designed by Vilhelm Lauritzen in partnership with Louis Poulsen for the construction of the Radiohuset building on Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, which is now home to the Royal Danish Academy of Music.
About Vilhelm Lauritzen – architect and designer
Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894–1984) is one of the most significant architects in the history of Denmark; he was the trail-blazing figurehead of functionalism in Denmark. He is the architect behind a range of well-known buildings, including Nørrebro Theatre, Daells Varehus department store (the Skt. Petri Hotel today), the Radiohuset building and the famous Terminal 39 at Kastrup Airport. Other significant buildings to stem from Vilhelm Lauritzen’s drawing board include Folkets Hus (known today as the Vega concert venue), the Shellhuset building and the Danish embassy in Washington. In particular the Radiohuset building and the earliest version of Kastrup Airport – both listed today – are considered peerless monuments to modernism in the European genre of construction.
About Vilhelm Lauritzen and his partnership with Louis Poulsen
Vilhelm Lauritzen was not just one of the most prominent, respected and productive architects in Danish history, he was also a master of the art of uniting materials and light. He devoted his working life to developing and improving his lamps, which blended in harmoniously with the buildings he designed. As early as in the 1920s, he conducted thorough studies of daylight, and he developed the principles of his lighting technology through methods including juxtaposing the warm, distinctive sunlight with the cooler and more diffuse sky light. He was extremely conscious of the effect of reflected light, for example, and of how light falls and creates shadows and soft tones. He took an inventive and scientific approach to constructing lamps, light fittings that, from the perspective of design, are just as relevant today as they were 80 years ago.
Louis Poulsen worked closely with Vilhelm Lauritzen on the lighting solutions for many of his projects, and the partnership produced a great many lamps. Many of them were available in stores in the 1940s and 1950s, and then on through the following decades, after which they were quietly and gradually dropped from the range. However, they remain highly visible and much sought after at antique markets and auctions.
Vilhelm Lauritzen also designed what is known as the ‘Ambassadekrone’, a chandelier originally created for the Danish embassy in Washington.
Decorated with hundreds of small glass bells, examples can still be seen today in the foyer of the Royal Theatre, for example.
In addition to the Radiohus Pendant, Louis Poulsen is also relaunching a series comprising table, wall and floor models of the lamp designed specifically for the Radiohuset building by Vilhelm Lauritzen under the name of VL38 table, wall and floor lamp.
About Louis Poulsen –
the light manufacturer with a bright lighting philosophy
Louis Poulsen is a world-famous Danish manufacturer of designer lamps that has been supplying the market for 140 years. Through close working relationships with elite designers and world-famous architects – both contemporary and now departed – such as Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Vilhelm Lauritzen, Øivind Slaatto, nendo/Oki Sato, Shoichi Uchiyama, Anu Moser and Louise Campbell, the company has created lighting solutions including the PH Artichoke, the PH 5 and a host of other PH models, as well as the Collage, Enigma and AJ series. Briefly put, a range of lighting solutions that covers everything from classics to sophisticated design, for private and professional use.
A large proportion of Louis Poulsen’s products have been developed in connection with specific projects. The designer lamps have thus come into being as solutions to specific lighting assignments.
In other words, behind every Louis Poulsen product is the story of its creation. These are products whose designers focused on light itself, on the idea behind the product, and on refinement of an architect’s, light designer’s or furnishing designer’s ideas and visions about light – all in harmony with Louis Poulsen’s own lighting philosophy, which is explained in more detail below.
The history of Louis Poulsen in brief: • The company can trace its history back to the end of the 1800s. In the early 1900s, Louis Poulsen took over management of the business from his uncle. This marked the start of Louis Poulsen as we know the company today.
• The year 1924 saw the initiation of Poul Henningen’s (PH) working relationship with Louis Poulsen & Co. when the designer was looking to participate in an international exhibition for decorative art in Paris: the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs & Industriels Modernes. PH won the gold medal at the prestigious event.
• In 1926, Louis Poulsen and Poul Henningsen won the tender to create the lighting solution for the newly built Forum building in Copenhagen. This resulted in the now-legendary PH lamp with three shades. Marketing of the lamps was launched that same year. The company’s first catalogue was published with text in Danish, English, French and German.
• In the 1920s, Poul Henningsen continued to develop Louis Poulsen’s lighting philosophy that became a strong, timeless cornerstone throughout the history of the business – and which the new management today has dusted off and endorsed in full. Briefly put, the lighting philosophy is founded on three concepts: Function – Comfort – Ambience. The functional objective of the light must always be fulfilled; no component is to be incorporated into the light unless it has a clear, light-related function.
• In 2005, Louis Poulsen moved production from its Sluseholmen premises to a new location in Vejen, Jutland, with 180 workplaces.
• Louis Poulsen currently employs 420 people at its factory in Vejen, its head office on Gammel Strand in Copenhagen, and showrooms in cities including Stockholm, Tokyo, Oslo and Los Angeles.
• Louis Poulsen has now consolidated its development, sales and marketing activities at Gammel Strand 28, where the company has its head office and showroom (where visitors are welcome to call in).
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Contact David Obel Rosenkvist, Director, Brand and Communication at Louis Poulsen.