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Modern Design Icons: PH Artichoke

A visually stunning and mid-century modern classic, the PH Artichoke Pendant Light by Poul Henningsen, from Louis Poulsen remains an international icon of modern design today.

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PH Artichoke Pendant Light By Poul Henningsen, from Louis Poulsen

A classical masterpiece, the PH Artichoke was first introduced over 40 years ago. Originally designed for the Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant in Copenhagen by Poul Henningsen in 1958, the PH Artichoke still illuminates the restaurant today, symbolizing its modern lighting legacy.

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PH Artichoke Pendant Light By Poul Henningsen, from Louis Poulsen

Renowned for its sculptural form, the structure is made of twelve steel arches, and is covered in 72 leaves. The leaves are arranged in 12 unique circular rows of six leaves each. Each row is staggered, allowing all 72 leaves to “cover for each other,” leading to its inverted artichoke shape. The leaves are made from either die–cut copper, laser cut steel or die cut steel.

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PH Artichoke Pendant Light By Poul Henningsen, from Louis Poulsen

The leaves produce glowing, glare-free illumination that diffuses light in a unique pattern. Inside, a chrome diffuser provides an even reflection of light. The design intentionally allows the fixture to be viewed from any angle without revealing the light source in the center. In order to maintain the quality of each PH Artichoke Pendant Light, much of it is constructed and assembled by hand.

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PH Artichoke Pendant Light By Poul Henningsen, from Louis Poulsen

The PH Artichoke Pendant Light embodies Poul Henningsen’s philosophy of lighting. His belief that the rhythm of day and night is still needed, relationship between light and shadow, and nostalgia for the warm and soft gas lighting from his childhood, all play a part in the design of the PH Series. The PH Artichoke Pendant Light uses all of these concepts to produce a modern and elegant yet warm and inviting piece.

The PH Artichoke Pendant Light is available in four finishes: Copper, Brushed Stainless Steel, Polished Stainless Steel or White and is also available in four sizes ‐ Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large.

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Jocelyn Yi

Jocelyn Yi

Jocelyn's passion for all things design stems from her love of architecture. Having grown up in Peru and spending time in London for graduate school, she has an affinity for travel and is constantly inspired by it. Aside from being an internet dweller on her free time, Jocelyn also enjoys photography and eating all the tasty noms.

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