Design classic: PH Artichoke

, , , , , By Catherine Lazure | Nordic Design

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Manufactured by Louis Poulsen and designed in 1958, this classical masterpiece is from Poul Henningsen.

The distinctive design of the PH Artichoke comes from its structure made of 72 “leaves” placed on 12 circular steel arches. The light source/bulb at the center of the fixture is not visible from any angle. Moreover, the comfortable light is directed and reflected onto the underlying leaves, illuminating the entire artichoke and resulting in soft, unique lighting.

For years, a number of companies have tried to replicate the Artichoke fixture, only a handful have made a replica that is at all geometrically and cosmetically similar.

The original PH Artichokes were developed for a restaurant in Copenhagen called the Langelinie Pavilion. Back in 1927-31, Poul Henningsen designed a pendant with seven glass shades called PH Septima. It was manufactured by Louis Poulsen until 1940 when it was phased out due to lack of materials during the war. When Henningsen was commissioned by the restaurant to design a fixture, he completed the assignment in three months as PH Artichoke is based on the ideas behind PH Septima.

The PH Artichoke is available in copper or stainless steel, brushed and coated, wet painted white, or sand-blown clear glass which was reintroduced for the lamp’s 50th anniversary in 2008.

Sizes: Ø 480  Ø 600 Ø720 and Ø840 mm

Photos: Louis Poulsen



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