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Artichoke Lamp

About the Design

The PH Artichoke lamp was born out of a lighting commission Poul Henningsen (1894–1967) received from Danish architects Eva and Nils Koppel to outfit the newly rebuilt Langelinie Pavilion, a Copenhagen restaurant that was bombed during World War II by the Germans with support from Danish collaborators. The original space — situated on the Copenhagen waterfront — dated back to 1902 and was a beloved spot for socializing in the city. The new, modernist 11-story pavilion was completed by the Koppels in 1958.

The objective for Henningsen, a Danish architect, designer and author, was to create a light that was beautiful, whether it was on or off. To do so, he returned to a piece he had tinkered with three decades earlier: the PH Septima, a pendant fixture with seven light shades. He updated his old design for the Koppels by paying homage to the humble, edible globe artichoke. 

Henningsen devised 72 copper “leaves” that he staggered in rows to completely hide the light bulb inside and prevent any harsh glare from materializing. Each of the 12 rows would have six leaves.

The genius of the Artichoke lamp lay in Henningsen’s choice to marry design with material. He was drawn to the gas lamps that illuminated his Danish hometown as a child and yearned to re-create the warmth that we attribute to gas lighting. The Artichoke lamp’s decorative arrangement of bent sheet copper emits a similarly radiant hue when lit from within, lending a healthy glow to the guests in the room. It took Henningsen only three months to finish the design upon receiving the commission.

The initial version of the Artichoke lamp was manufactured by Danish lighting company Louis Poulsen, with which Henningsen began working in 1925. When the fixture was ultimately hung in the Langelinie Pavilion, it was so heavy that it required suspension from steel aircraft cables.

The widely popular Artichoke lamp embodies Henningsen’s core beliefs about lighting. “This lamp is constructed with the most difficult and noble task in mind: lighting in the home,” he said. “The aim is to beautify the home and those who live there.”

This mantra rang true throughout Henningsen’s career, as it also helped define other signature pieces of his, such as the PH5 pendant lamp, PH table lamp and more. Henningsen’s original PH lamp design won first prize for modern lighting at the International Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris in 1925.

Louis Poulsen continues to produce Henningsen’s floor lamps, sconces and more, and the Artichoke lamp is still available in its original copper as well as other assorted materials.

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PH Artichoke Hanging Lamp by Poul Henningsen, Denmark, 1957
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Antwerp, BE
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Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' Copper Chandelier for Louis Poulsen
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Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' Chandelier for Louis Poulsen in White
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Louis Poulsen, Medium Glass Artichoke Chandelier by Poul Henningsen
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Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
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Louis Poulsen, Extra Large Artichoke Chandelier by Poul Henningsen
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Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' Steel Chandelier for Louis Poulsen
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Iconic Poul Henningsen PH Artichoke Ø720 by Louis Poulsen in Copper
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By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
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Extra Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' Copper Chandelier for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
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Louis Poulsen PH Artichoke 840 Pendant Light by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in New York, NY
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmark from 1911-1914, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-1917. He started practicing traditional functionalistic architecture, but over the years his professional interests changed to focus mainly on lighting which is what he is most famous for. The fixture provides 100% glare-free light. The 72 precisely positioned leaves form 12 unique rows of six leaves each. They illuminate the fixture as well as emitting diffused light with a unique pattern. The fixture provides decorative and comfortable lighting. For the energy saving LED variant the quality of light and atmosphere surrounding the product is kept at the highest level. Materials: Punched brass, punched copper, laser cut stainless steel or punched steel. White, spun steel. High luster chrome-plated, laser cut steel. High lustre chrome-plated, spun aluminum...
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White Artichoke, Designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Lejre, DK
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Small Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' Chandelier for Louis Poulsen in Black
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Small Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' chandelier for Louis Poulsen in black. The PH Artichoke pendant light was designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen for the Langelinie Pavillonen re...
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Louis Poulsen, Small Artichoke Chandelier by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis Poulsen, small Artichoke chandelier by Poul Henningsen. Measures: Width 480 x Height 465 x Length 480 (mm), 8.6 kg Material: Leaves: brass, s...
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Louis Poulsen, Large Artichoke Chandelier by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis Poulsen, large Artichoke chandelier by Poul Henningsen. Width x Height x Length (mm) 720 x 650 x 720, 17.3 kg Material: Leaves: Brass, stainle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Large Artichoke Lamp by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen, Poul Hermann Poulsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Monumental pendant lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen. Suspended by ivory enameled-steel canopy, the interior chrome cylinder is surrounded by layers of brushed copper leaves....
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Artichoke, in Brushed Steel Ø60, Designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Lejre, DK
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Louis Poulsen, Large Glass Artichoke Chandelier by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis Poulsen, large glass Artichoke chandelier by Poul Henningsen. Width x Height x Length (mm) 720 x 650 x 720, 24.6 kg Material: Leave...
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Poul Henning for Poulsen Denmark, White PH Artichoke Ceiling Lamp 72 cm
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Renens, CH
Poul Henning for Poulsen Denmark, White PH Artichoke Ceiling Lamp 72 cm The PH Artichoke was originally designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen for a resta...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Poul Henningsen Artichoke Ceiling Lamp Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Artichoke ceiling lamp designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Poul Henningsen First Edition Artichoke by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Limhamn, Skåne län
Rare first edition artichoke ceiling lamp designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Copper

Louis Poulsen, Extra Large Glass Artichoke Chandelier by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis Poulsen, extra large glass Artichoke chandelier by Poul Henningsen. Measures: Width 840 x height 720 x length 840(mm) Material: Le...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Extra Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' Steel Chandelier for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Extra Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' Steel Chandelier for Louis Poulsen. The PH Artichoke pendant light was designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen for the Langelinie Pavillonen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and...

Materials

Steel, Aluminum, Stainless Steel

Louis Poulsen, Small Glass Artichoke Chandelier by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Louis Poulsen, small glass Artichoke chandelier by Poul Henningsen. Measures: Width 480 x height 570 x length 480(mm), 10.9 kg Material:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Metal

Extra Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' Brass Chandelier for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Extra large Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' brass chandelier for Louis Poulsen. The PH Artichoke pendant light was designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen for the Langelinie Pavillonen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and...

Materials

Steel, Brass

Small Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' Chandelier for Louis Poulsen in White
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Small Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' Chandelier for Louis Poulsen in White. The PH Artichoke pendant light was designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen for the Langelinie Pavillonen re...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and...

Materials

Steel, Aluminum

Artichoke in Brushed Steel by Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Exquisite Artichoke Pendant Lamp: Ø60, a stunning creation by renowned designer Poul Henningsen, masterfully crafted by Louis Poulsen in the late 2000s. This iconic lamp, known as the Artichoke, captivates with its intricate design and mesmerizing aesthetics. With a diameter of Ø60, it boasts a brushed steel finish that accentuates its contemporary allure and complements various interior styles. The Artichoke lamp, a modern masterpiece, showcases Henningsen's ingenious three-dimensional, layered design. Its sculptural form consists of overlapping steel leaves that elegantly diffuse light, creating a mesmerizing interplay of shadow and illumination. Crafted with precision and attention to detail, this pendant lamp embodies a harmonious balance between artistic expression and functional lighting. The brushed steel finish adds a touch of sophistication, enhancing the lamp's visual appeal and making it a striking focal point in any space. For enthusiasts of contemporary design or those seeking an iconic lighting fixture...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Extra Large Poul Henningsen 'PH Artichoke' Glass Chandelier for Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Extra large Poul Henningsen PH glass Artichoke chandelier for Louis Poulsen. The PH Artichoke pendant light was designed in 1958 by Poul ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and...

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Metal, Aluminum, Chrome

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