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PH Artichoke Hanging Lamp

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.

  • Textile (Italy)
  • foundation warp and weft: cotton; pile warp: silk.
  • Bequest of Erskine Hewitt.
  • 1938-57-1226-a

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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; Designed by Poul Henningsen (Danish, 1894–1967); Manufactured by Louis Poulsen & Co. A/S (Denmark); 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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