Modern Classics: The Artichoke Lamp

Modern Classics: The Artichoke Lamp

Nancy Mitchell
Oct 1, 2012

Design Within Reach calls it "the consummate modernist chandelier". Designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 for the Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant in Copenhagen, where it still hangs today, the PH Artichoke Lamp is perhaps the most recognizable and most coveted of modern light fixtures.

Intriguing from all angles, the Artichoke is comprised of 72 spun-steel leaves in 12 different rows, which are hand-calibrated to ensure that the fixture provides completely glare-free light from 360 degrees. It's a marvel of engineering, and lovely to look upon as well. All that engineering comes with a hefty price tag (the lamps start at around $9,000 dollars), but fortunately for those of us mere mortals who covet the look, the similar Norm 69 lamp is a little more within reach.

1. With a table and chairs by Poul Kjærholm. Image from The Republic of Fritz Hansen.
2. In copper in an interior from Interiors Digital.
3. Lovely in a spare interior from Canadian House & Home.
4. Two artichokes in a midcentury interior from Desire to Inspire.
5. In Betsey Johnson's outrageous New York apartment. (Is that a hot pink womb chair I spot in the background?) Elle Decor UK via This is Glamorous.

6. This kitchen: the perfect blend of old and new. Elle Decor via Made by Girl.
7 & 8. Plastolux
9. The artichoke lamp seen from below. Image via Here in this House.
10. The wild colors set off the simplicity of the lamp nicely in this dining room from Desire to Inspire.

PH Artichoke: Appreciation of an Iconic Lamp

(Images: as linked above)

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