Design Icons: Artichoke

The famous Artichoke lamp is not by mistake a modern design classic; beautiful, elegant, intelligent, performing, it has all the characteristics of the kind of design we at spotd love.

Poul Henningsen was a true pioneer in lighting design; he introduced several concepts that had a great influence in the world of illumination. The Danish designer explored in new ways light structures, shadows, glare, and color reproduction, achieving outstanding results. 
The Artichoke is a perfect example of his work and of how powerful the beauty of rational thinking can be; made with 72 steel leaves arranged concentrically over a series of steel arcs, the light source is perfectly hidden and the quality of the emanated light is simply perfect. The power of the Artichoke lamp lays precisely in its fabulous light quality, achieved with such basic technology; the light metal leaves create a charming play of colour and shades on the object itself, while the emited light spreads evenly across the room.



PH Artichoke 
Designer: Poul Henningsen
Company: Louis Poulsen
Year: 1958
Materials: laminated metal sheets

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