Although Poul Henningsen’s name is instantly associated with his iconic Louis Poulsen-produced lighting designs, he was also a prolific furniture designer. But his larger pieces have been little known until now, their design drawings forgotten and only recently unearthed.
Borrowing the name by which the architect was known in Denmark, PH Furniture is a tribute to Henningsen’s furniture works, and a new brand name under which these vintage pieces will be manufactured.
‘It’s an enormous responsibility to present Poul Henningsen’s designs,’ says Flemming Lindeløv, whose company ToneArt is the motor behind the PH brand. ‘We are very truthful to the original designs when producing the furniture and we see it as our finest task to do things in line with the spirit of PH’s work and thoughts.’
Henningsen’s found designs are of mainly wooden furniture pieces, conceived over a period spanning the late 1910s to the mid-1930s – pieces, explains Lindeløv, that were never widely produced.
The furniture will be produced in Denmark to the highest standards, says PH CEO Mads Bøje, crafted from originally specified woods such as mahogany, solid walnut and smoked oak, following Henningsen’s stark lines and contemporary take on traditional shapes. ‘I am sure,’ Bøje concludes, ‘that the furniture will become part of the Danish design classics.’