The LE KLINT range is full of inspirational, timeless classics and exciting contemporary lighting creations. Founded in 1943 by architect and master engineer PV Jensen-Klint, LE KLINT has become an ambassador for refined Danish design and excellent craftsmanship.
LE KLINT has proudly presented its growing range in its Copenhagen store at Store Kirkestræde 1 for 75 years. Their creations are a fusion of traditional and modern trends, both of which are evident in their instantly recognisable folded lampshade.
It looks both classic and modern, so you’ll be surprised to learn that this lamp has been around since the company’s formation. The LE KLINT pleated sunshade is also widely used in new creations.
Because a classic design never goes out of fashion.
Handicraft - Made in Odense
Since its formation in the 1950s, LE KLINT has been one of the few Danish manufacturers who have kept production solely within the country.
What comes from Denmark stays in Denmark.
The head office and factory is in Odense, where the legendary LE KLINT folding technique was designed and refined. The hand-folded umbrellas made of paper or plastic require a high level of craftsmanship and are made by a qualified team of folders in the dedicated folding workshop.
LE KLINT - impressions
LE KLINT: the designers
Kaare Klint – light series 101
Kaare Klint is the son of company founder PV Jensen-Klint, who chose to follow in his father’s footsteps. And it’s a good thing he did. Among other things, he penned the LE KLINT 101 which, thanks to its timeless yet distinctive folded plastic shade, is one of the most outstanding and recognisable lights in the LE KLINT range.
Markus Johansson – Carronade lighting series
The furniture and product designer, born in 1982, has set up his studio in the port city of Gothenburg, where he works with international design companies. His most striking design includes the Carronade series, which is inspired by a cannon.
Øivind Slaatto – Swirl light series
Born in 1978, the industrial designer Øivind Slaatto is most famous for creating the ‘Swirl’, a series of light sculptures inspired by a snail shell. Slaatto is fascinated by the slow pace of the snail and lets his lights embody a slow, relaxing ambience.
Aurélien Barbry – Caché lighting series
Born in 1969, Aurélien Barbry studied industrial and interior design at the Ecole Camondo Paris and worked from Copenhagen on demanding furnishing and design projects. His Caché series – French for ‘hidden’ – takes its name from the hidden, hand-folded inner shade.
Rikke Frost – Caleo lighting series
Rikke Frost was the winner of a Danish TV show called ‘Denmark's next classic’ (or ‘Danmarks næste Klassiker’, for any Danes out there) after collaborating with LE KLINT to produce the Caleo lamp. The name of the light sculpture is Latin and means ‘to emphasise’, which refers to the brass struts that accentuate the handmade paper lampshade.
Sinja Svarrer Damkjær – The Bouquet series
Engineer Sinja Svarrer Damkjær, born in 1982, was inspired for her unique reinterpretation of The Bouquet chandelier during a trip to Italy. She combines the idea of a spring bouquet at an Italian market with LE KLINT's pleating technique and linen-covered hanging cords.
Philip Bro Ludvigsen – Soleil lighting series
Born in 1962, Philip Bro Ludvigsen graduated and later taught at the Danish Design School before founding his own design studio in 1989. Lighting creations such as the Soleil offer exciting variations on the pleated lampshades that have made LE KLINT famous. His designs also feature an exciting combination of materials, including aluminium, flax, oak and paper.
Christian Troels – Pliverre series
Christian Troels was born in 1984 and graduated from the Kolding School of Design in 2012. And not only are his lighting designs conceptual, they’re extremely technical too. In his Pliverre series - based on the French verre plié for folded glass - he reinterprets the classic LE KLINT pleated shades in satin opal glass.
About LE KLINT
Country of origin: Denmark
Year founded: 1943
DK-5270 Odense N