Pendant Light

Louis Poulsen

PH Artichoke (1958), Poul Henningsen

Designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 and manufactured by Louis Poulsen, the Artichoke grew out to become one of the greatest design must-haves in the world. A true masterpiece. Considered the first lighting architect, Henningsen investigated the importance of light for our well being and worked on the theory that the observer should not be subjected to direct glare from the light source.

This stunning lamp, nothing less than a proper work of art, is as heavy as it is ingenious. The Artichoke consists of 72 copper leaves in twelve circular rows. Each row slightly overlaps the previous, so the 72 leaves are able to cover for each other, hiding the light source from the observer. A chrome inner diffuser makes sure the light gets evenly reflected. The Artichoke Pendant is also available in a white or stainless steel finish, but should come in copper. Just like the original PH Artichokes developed for a restaurant in Copenhagen called the Langelinie Pavilion, where they are still hanging today.

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© Louis Poulsen A/S, Copenhagen, Denmark

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