Born: March 29th 1932, in Copenhagen
Famous works: Konkylie (1964), Facet (1966), Turbo (1967), and Multi-Lite for GUBI (1974)
Education: Architect and industrial designer (the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Architecture from 1949-1954)
Early in his life, Danish designer and architect Louis Weisdorf discovered that he had a strong sense of shape. Paired with his creative and technical understanding of design, he’s created various artistic lamp designs. The trademark of his work is that each simple lamp is built around identical elements that come together to form a pendant that shields the eye from direct light.
This process is clear to see in the 1967 Konkylie, 1966 Facet, and 1967 Turbo. Some of his work, such as Ekko, Facet, Delfinen, and Tulipanen were previously manufactured by the Danish manufacturing companies Lyfa and Le Klint.
He created the Multi-Lite pendant—one of his most popular designs—in 1972. Since autumn 2016, the Danish lighting manufacturer GUBI has collaborated with Louis Weisdorf to manufacture this pendant.
In his early career, he worked with renowned Danish architects like Poul Henningsen and Verner Panton. For more than 10 years, he worked for the Tivoli design studio under the watchful eye of Poul Henningsen’s son, Søren Henningsen. During this tenure, his artistic touch informed the likes of Restaurant Perlen and the green space by the open-air stage.
Louis Weisdorf became an independent architect in 1967, and he had his own design studio on Gammel Strand in Copenhagen. He shared this studio with Verner Panton’s younger brother, Ole Panton. During this time, he designed the previous Harbour and Canal Tours ticket office. These days, his studio is located in Fuglebjerg by Vinstrup.