The prelude to Le Klint came in 1901 when the Danish architect Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint invented a lampshade made from pleated paper – in fact just because he needed a lampshade for a stoneware oil lamp he had designed.
The next generation, in the form of his son Tage Klint, decided to turn lampshade folding, which at the time had become a family pursuit, into a commercial enterprise in 1943 and Le Klint was founded. Le Klint’s folded lampshades are known and loved in their native Denmark. They give an attractive soft light and with their timeless, classic design are suitable for a wide variety of different lamp stands.
In addition to lamps with the characteristic lampshades Le Klint has developed a series of lamps in collaboration with many of the great designers of our times. E.g. the typical folded Le Klint shade with the classic scissor lamp arm, designed by Erik Hansen, that comes in a variety of different types of wood.
A group of Le Klint’s most popular and well-known lamps are the Le Klint pendant lamps, folded in plastic in fanciful but still geometric forms. Since the time these Le Klint lamps were put into production they have been folded by hand by Le Klint’s own 'pleating girls'.
Well-known designers such as Kaare Klint (son of P.V. Klint), Esben Klint, Andreas Hansen and not least Poul Christiansen have designed a wide range of pendant lamps for Le Klint. It was Poul Christiansen who, in 1967, introduced curves to the folds of the lamps rather than the straight lines that Klint had used up until then. These lamps came to be the familiar Le Klint Sinus series, developed since the late 1960s. The whole family of geometric Le Klint lamps can be regarded as further developments of Kaare Klint’s Fruit Lantern from 1944. After Le Klint’s success with these lamps the company has since resumed production and developed models now including standard lamps too.