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PH Artichoke Hanging Lamp, 1958

This is a hanging lamp. It was designed by Poul Henningsen and manufactured by Louis Poulson & Co. A/S. It is dated 1958 and we acquired it in 1983. Its medium is bent sheet copper, cast steel, enameled metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Poul Henningsen began experimenting with lighting in 1919, creating a range of lamps that directed rather than diffused light, mimicking gas lighting. The Artichoke lamp is arguably his most decorative variation. Its copper “leaves” create a warm red tone and reflect a maximum of light across a room while shielding viewers from glare. Originally designed for use in a Copenhagen restaurant, the Artichoke was commercially produced in a reduced size.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled What Lies Beneath The Artichoke?.

It is credited Museum purchase from General Exhibition Funds.

Our curators have highlighted 12 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Goblet (USA), 1907
  • cast gilt bronze.
  • Museum purchase from General Acquisition Endowment.
  • 1985-76-1
  • Sidewall (USA), 1920
  • block-printed and flocked on a ribbed paper.
  • Gift of Birge Co., Inc..
  • 1944-79-2

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 69 x 84 cm (27 3/16 x 33 1/16 in.)

Cite this object as

PH Artichoke Hanging Lamp, 1958; Designed by Poul Henningsen (Danish, 1894–1967); Denmark; bent sheet copper, cast steel, enameled metal; H x diam.: 69 x 84 cm (27 3/16 x 33 1/16 in.); Museum purchase from General Exhibition Funds; 1983-16-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Making Design and The Cooper-Hewitt Collections: A Design Resource.

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