Nordic Lighting? Poul Henningsen and the Myths of Scandinavian Twilight

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Resumé

The Danish designer Poul Henningsen wrote very elaborated theories of interior lighting from the mid-1920s on. He fought against the cold and reduced light quality of electric bulbs and tried to tame and cultivate this technology by design. He wanted a more rich light for domestic purpose and shaped it through lamp design, colour reflections and differentiated use of several lamps in the room to make a more dim lighting, but with greater variation and softer contrasts. It was a ‘culture’ of lighting, he promoted, but he didn’t saw it as linked to the Nordic countries. His sensibility to subdued nuances of light, however, parallels many both facts and clichés of the variations and transition of daylight in the North – as this is interpreted in Nightlands by Norwegian architectural historian Christian Norberg-Schulz. The case of domestic interior lighting is, in this perspective, more worthwhile discussing than other design categories to interpret, whether experience of nature and climatic conditions play a role in Scandinavian Design, as repeatedly stated. This discussion contributes both to understanding of interior lighting and the historiographical critique of Scandinavian Design and its transnational relations.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelICDHS 10+1 2018, Barcelona 2018 : Back to the Future / The Future in the Past
RedaktørerOriol Moret
Vol/bind3. Open Session
Udgivelses stedBarcelona
Publikationsdato29. nov. 2018
Sider81-84
ISBN (Trykt)978-84-9168-156-4
StatusUdgivet - 29. nov. 2018
BegivenhedThe 10th + 1 Conference of the International Committee of Design History and Design Studies: Back to the Future The Future in the Past - Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spanien
Varighed: 29. okt. 201831. okt. 2018
Konferencens nummer: 11
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Konference

KonferenceThe 10th + 1 Conference of the International Committee of Design History and Design Studies
Nummer11
LokationUniversidad de Barcelona
LandSpanien
ByBarcelona
Periode29/10/201831/10/2018
Internetadresse

Fingeraftryk

Poul Henningsen
Lamp
Scandinavian Design
Cold
Nordic Countries
Sensibility
1920s
Designer
Nature
Dim
Architectural Historian

Citer dette

Munch, A. V. (2018). Nordic Lighting? Poul Henningsen and the Myths of Scandinavian Twilight. I O. Moret (red.), ICDHS 10+1 2018, Barcelona 2018: Back to the Future / The Future in the Past (Bind 3. Open Session, s. 81-84). Barcelona.
Munch, Anders V. / Nordic Lighting? Poul Henningsen and the Myths of Scandinavian Twilight. ICDHS 10+1 2018, Barcelona 2018: Back to the Future / The Future in the Past. red. / Oriol Moret. Bind 3. Open Session Barcelona, 2018. s. 81-84
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ICDHS 10+1 2018, Barcelona 2018: Back to the Future / The Future in the Past. red. / Oriol Moret. Bind 3. Open Session Barcelona, 2018. s. 81-84.

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