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PH Artichoke Stainless Steel

design Poul Henningsen, 1958

Over 50 years ago Poul Henningsen imagined the PH Artichoke and nowadays it is considered to be a classical masterpiece that has now its place in many interiors, private and public. The structure is made of twelve steel arches. On this structure PH placed 72 copper “leaves” in twelve circular rows with six blades in each row. Because each row is staggered from the previous, all 72 leaves are able to “cover for each other”. This design allows viewing the fixture from any angle without being able to see the light source located in the center of the PH Artichoke. The original PH Artichokes were developed for a restaurant in Copenhagen called the Langelinie Pavilion, and they are still hanging there today.

Materials Leaves: Punched copper, laser cut stainless steel or punched steel. Top shade: White, spun steel. Frame: High lustre chrome plated, laser cut steel. Suspension: High lustre chrome plated, spun aluminium.
Weight Min: 4.8 kg Max: 27.8 kg

Class Ingress protection IP20. Electric shock protection I w. ground.

PH Artichoke steel Ø 48 cm

Dimensions Ø48 x H49.7cm

Light source 1 x E27 or LED integrated 3000-1800K 41W DALI, phase dimming or wireless bluetooth (maximum distance between external driver and lamp: 20m)

polished stainless steel
Ø48 cm
from 9235 €

stainless steel
Ø48 cm
from 9235 €

PH Artichoke steel Ø 60 cm

Dimensions Ø60 x H58cm

Light source 1 x E27 or dimmable LED 2700K (96W, 38 lumen/W) or 3000K (96W, 39 lumen/W)

Wiring The LED versions are available in DALI wired version and Bluetooth (maximum distance between external driver and lamp: 20m)

polished stainless steel
Ø60 cm
from 11 665 €

stainless steel
Ø60 cm
from 11 665 €

PH Artichoke steel Ø 72 cm

Dimensions Ø72 x H65cm

Light source 1 x E27 or dimmable LED 2700K (96W, 37 lumen/W) or 3000K (96W, 38 lumen/W)

Wiring The LED versions are available in DALI wired version and Bluetooth (maximum distance between external driver and lamp: 20m)

polished stainless steel
Ø72 cm
from 12 780 €

stainless steel
Ø72 cm
from 12 780 €

PH Artichoke steel Ø 84 cm

Dimensions Ø84 x H72cm

Light source 1 x E27 or dimmable LED 2700K (96W, 37 lumen/W) or 3000K (96W, 38 lumen/W)

Wiring The LED versions are available in DALI wired version and Bluetooth (maximum distance between external driver and lamp: 20m)

polished stainless steel
Ø84 cm
from 14 110 €

stainless steel
Ø84 cm
from 14 110 €

>> See also the black PH Artichoke

Poul Henningsen

Poul Henningsen, born in Copenhagen, is the son of the famous Danish writer Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmark from 1911-14, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-17.

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. He also expanded his field of occupation into areas of writing, becoming a journalist and an author. For a short period at the beginning of WWII, he was the head architect of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. But like many other creative people, he was forced to flee Denmark during the German occupation but soon became a vital part of the Danish colony of artists living in Sweden.

His lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen Lighting began in 1925 and lasted until his death. To this day, Louis Poulsen Lighting still benefits from his genius. Poul Henningsen was also the first editor of the company magazine “NYT”. The CEO of Louis Poulsen at the time, Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen, gave the magazine to PH as a gift because he had been terminated from the Danish newspaper he worked for (his opinions were too radical).

Poul Henningsen's pioneering work concerning the relations between light structures, shadows, glare, and color reproduction—compared to man’s need for light remains the fondation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen Lighting