PH Snowball Celebrates Six Decades: 1958-2018
Along with PH 5 and PH Artichoke, PH Snowball is celebrating six decades of Danish design. PH Snowball was originally created in 1958 by Poul Henningsen (the titular PH) for Louis Poulsen.
The iconic PH Snowball ascribes to Henningsen’s philosophy of making comfortable light. Matte undersurfaces and glossy top surfaces diffuse and distribute light. “When the light is switched on, the top portion is illuminated while the bottom part remains dark,” explains Louis Poulsen.
Besides the quality of light it emits, PH Snowball is known for its spectacular shape. From afar, the fluted sections form a sphere while up close the spun aluminum shades look like a space-age exoskeleton.
Catch PH Snowball at different angles and the pendant light seems to shapeshift. Even though Henningsen developed his system of evenly spaced shades to manipulate interior light to be its most pleasing, his resulting designs are perhaps more known for their sculptural quality. Thanks to their negative space, PH lamps seem to be in a frozen state of explosion.
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