A design that ‘invites play and exploration’, the ‘Moonsetter’ lamp by Anne Boysen for Louis Poulsen is based on the Danish architect’s fascination with light and space. Sculptural and geometric, ‘Moonsetter’ was inspired by the glow and movements of the moon.

‘I was at my desk one night when I suddenly saw it: a ray of moonlight shone through a gap in the curtains,’ recalls Boysen. ‘I put different surfaces in front of it and became fascinated with how something white produced a diffused reflection of light,’ she explains. ‘So I asked myself, how do you simplify this, to make the complex simple and intuitive?’ 

Moonsetter floor lamp by Anne Boysen for Louis Poulsen with rotating metal disc mimicking the shape of the moon

Her design recreates the moonlight effect through LED and mirrored surfaces. White on one side and reflective on the other, the central disc rotates 360 degrees on its own axis, allowing users to modulate light in the room. ‘I believe we learn and experience life best through our senses,’ says Boysen. ‘You shape the light with the disc, and sense the kind of mood you create.

‘My mission has been to create an object that is interesting both when the light is switched on or off. It must also be a sculpture, an object you can walk around, where you can experience how time stops and where you can reflect in the space and the light,’ she continues. 

Moonsetter floor lamp by Anne Boysen for Louis Poulsen with rotating metal disc mimicking the shape of the moon

The lamp’s design follows Boysen’s creative ethos and her interest in simplifying technically complex forms into something intuitive and playful, so that, she explains, ‘everyone can understand the concept of light and spaciousness’. Her furniture work (for clients including Erik Jørgensen and Kvadrat Really) follows this principle, with forms that merge minimalism, functionality and visual poetry.

Currently available exclusively in Denmark, ‘Moonsetter’ was made in a first signed limited edition of 100, which will be followed by a second edition of another 100 pieces. §