The Artichoke lamp by Poul Henningsen

poulhenningsenPoul Henningsen is one of the greatest Danish designers of the 20th century. He is also known as a writer, art critic, director and architect. Throughout his career, the designer created more than a hundred lamps published by Louis Poulsen. The PH series started in 1926 and the Artichoke lamp (1958) are international successes.

The Artichoke lamp, which literally translates as “artichoke”, is a must-have in Scandinavian design. The famous designer designed this beautiful model in 1958 for the restaurant “Le Pavillon Langelinie” in Copenhagen. The large number of metal leaves, 72 to be precise, are spread over 12 chromed aluminium arches positioned in an alternating pattern. Henningsen played with the effect of the reflectors and the lamellae by applying white to the back of the leaves to allow for a reflection of the petals. It is therefore possible to look directly at the lamp without any feeling of blindness: a real technical feat!

Louis Poulsen continues to produce the ingenious and stunning Artichoke lamp. Its organic curves still appeal to aficionados of 20th century design and vintage furniture.

The Artichoke lamp is featured in many films, such as the famous Danish series Borgen :


It is an asset for a successful decoration as shown in this beautiful interior photographed by Richard Powers: