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The fixture provides uniform, general and diffuse illumination. The opening at the bottom of the glass produces downwards directed light. The quality of the glas sensures that the fixture is evenly lit.
Diameter 250 or 370 mm
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.
“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.
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 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.
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