Poul Henningsen (1894-1967) was born in Copenhagen to the famous Danish author Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at the Copenhagen Technical Academy, Denmark, from 1911-1914, and then at the Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-1917.
He started practicing traditional functionalistic architecture, but over the years his professional interests changed to focus mainly on lighting which is what he is most famous for. His lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen began in 1925 and lasted until his death. To this day, Louis Poulsen still benefits from his genius.
Poul Henningsen's pioneering work concerning the relations between light structures, shadows, glare, and colour reproduction – compared to man’s need for light remains the foundation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen Lighting.