Louis Poulsen Hosts BIG NYC Keglen Event
On May 19th, Louis Poulsen hosted a group of top lighting designers and the BIG team at the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) offices located in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. The event focused on Louis Poulsen’s Keglen family of lights, designed by Jakob Lange, architect and head of BIG Ideas, the firm’s technology-driven specialist product division.
Kai-Uwe Bergman, Partner at BIG, spoke about his long-lasting relationship with Louis Poulsen and his respect for quality design and manufacturing saying: “A [Louis Poulsen] lamp is like a family member and then you share it with the next generation.”
Next, Francesca Portesine, Director of Interiors at BIG, explained how their product design is often born from furnishings and lighting needed for the firm’s architecture projects. In the case of Keglen, that project is Tirpitz Museum in Blåvand, a building BIG had designed for the Varde Museums.
The artistic and technical lighting collaboration between Louis Poulsen and BIG Ideas continued into 3 different pendant sizes, a floor lamp, table lamp, and most recently wall lamps to extend the Keglen family – lamps with the same qualities and design details in various sizes, each with unique personality. Everyone who attended the event was also invited on a tour of the BIG New York offices filled with insights into their recent, current, and upcoming projects.
Leadership on site from the Danish lighting brand included Kent Pedersen, President & CEO, Louis Poulsen USA; Erin Krummenacker, Regional Sales Manager; Clifford Rullow, National Sales Director Residential; and Sune Arvad Kristensen, Global Commercial Director BtB in town from Copenhagen.
The event gave lighting designers an in-depth look at how lighting manufacturing, architecture, and product design all came together for this collaboration between Louis Poulsen and BIG to produce the growing Keglen family.