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V I L H E L M   L A U R I T Z E N

 Vilhelm Lauritzen (1894–1984) is one of the most significant architects in Danish; he was a trail-blazing figurehead of functionalism. A number of his buildings – Nørrebro Theatre, Daells Varehus department store, Radiohuset and the first airport built in Kastrup – represented the concentrated essence of contemporary life.

Throughout his life, Vilhelm Lauritzen had two firmly held beliefs, firstly that architecture is applied art and secondly, that there is ‘no life without aesthetics’.  

Vilhelm Lauritzen mastered both daylight and artificial lighting, consistently involving daylight in his architectural projects with large south- and west-facing windows which provided warm sunlight that merged with the cooler light from windows facing north and east. Lauritzen’s light fixtures are based on the same idea, combining directed light with a gentle, more diffuse illumination that softens and shades the rooms. 

The first light fixture Vilhelm Lauritzen designed was the Universal pendant, created in 1926–29 for Fritzsches Glashandel. And this was just the beginning. Being a true functionalist, Vilhelm Lauritzen dedicated his entire life to continuing to develop and improve his light fixtures. 

The fixtures Lauritzen designed for Radiohuset were introduced to Louis Poulsen’s product line in the middle of the 1940s. In the 1950s, around the same time as Lauritzen’s major construction assignments progressed, more of his light fixtures were introduced to the collection. 

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