In 2002, SUPERFLEX modified an original PH5 lamp into a biogas lamp. Originally designed by Danish architect, designer, and critic Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), the Supercopy/Biogas PH5 Lamp is a rethinking of the original concept; to industrially produce lamps to make them accessible for the general population and adaptable to a globalised world.
The Supercopy/Biogas PH5 Lamp is designed for people living in areas with no access to electricity and thus runs on gas. The limited edition of the lamps were handmade in Bangkok, Thailand.
When SUPERFLEX initially exhibited the Supercopy/Biogas PH5 Lamp at Rooseum (Malmö, Sweden) in 2002 they were immediately met with a cease-and-desist letter by the copyright holders Louis Poulsen Lighting A/S, a large Danish manufacturer of lamps. Demanding the destruction of the lamps and the refrain from the use of specific words describing the work and prohibiting the display of any kind of documentation of the lamps, Louis Poulsen Lighting A/S threatened both SUPERFLEX and the art institution hosting the exhibition with dire legal consequences.
As a consequence, the artists decided only to exhibit the lamp packed in a box in the future.