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Le Klint Model 172 Pendant

by P. Christiansen from Le Klint

le klint model 172 pendant

Design Poul Christiansen, 1971
Hand-folded white PVC, brass
Made in Denmark by Le Klint

Hand-folded and sculptural with waves of light peaking through the folds. The iconic pendant Model 172 was designed in 1971 by architect Poul Christiansen, but new sizes have been added up until 2009. The Model 172 is therefore available in many variations, making it possible to find a suitable size, whether the lamp is intended to hang over the kitchen or dining table, in the conference room, or in the hotel lobby.

Between 1969 and 1987 Poul Christiansen brought innovative and exciting dimensions to Le Klint's lampshades. Prior to his involvement the shades had been folded in pleats and in straight lines across the pleats. Poul Christiansen discovered that folding in mathematical curves gave the lampshades beautiful and unique sculptural shapes. His most famous creation is the SinusLine series which he developed by combining sine curves in such a way that they formed a lampshade when folded.

The standard foil has a very white and clean appearance. The material is made in Europe from a special lampshade foil (hard PVC). The material is UV resistant, fire retardant, and has an antistatic surface. Le Klint takes pride in having retained the old craft of folding lampshades in Odense. Folding lampshades is a difficult craft to learn, and it takes several years for the skillful folding technicians to master all their models. The Model 172 comes with a 118" white fabric cord.

medium: 12.9" diameter | 12.2" h | requires 1x 20w E26 bulb
large: 17.3" diameter | 15.7" h | requires 1x 20w E26 bulb
extra-large: 26" diameter | 21.7" h | requires 1x 20w E26 bulb

$800.00 + free shipping
(medium & large typically ship in 3-5 business days, please allow 10-12 weeks for extra-large)
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P. Christiansen

Poul Christiansen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1947 and graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in 1973. Since 1969, he was worked as a freelance designer and created some of his best-known lamp designs for the company Le Klint, as well as some for Herman Miller. His memorable technique involved folding lamp shades in mathematical curves to create artful, unique sculptural shapes. These lamps have been in constant production but are only recently experiencing a renewed popularity.
The story of Le Klint dates back to the start of the 20th century when the first pleated lamp shade was folded by Jensen-Klint an architect and engineer. Le Klint reflects a history of design and technology spanning over 100 years.


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