The Artichoke Lamp - An iconic design lamp
The popular PH lamp is designed with several layers and pieces, in a way that makes the screen look like a cone, which is also its Danish name. Exactly 72 “leaves” in 12 circular rows. The English name of the lamp is 'Artichoke', as an artichoke has indeed the same layered structure. Just like nature provides many wonders, Poul Henningsen has here created a small marvel of design lamps.
Origin of the lamp
Poul Henningsen designed his 'Artichoke' lamp in 1958 as a lighting for the Langelinie Pavillonen in Copenhagen. There, it still casts its glare-free light and decorates with its sculptural design. On this website you can read more about PH's 'Artichoke' lamp, including:
- Prices – are there any possibilities to purchase the lamp at a cheaper price?
- Second-hand – what should you be aware of?
- Variants – copper, white or stee
There are a few resellers on the market that sells it from Ireland. But you have to be careful, because there are far more who have an illegal business, for example based in Denmark or other countries.
PH 'Artichoke' copy – difference from original?
One aspect you should be aware of when buying a replica of a designer lamp is the quality. To find out if there is a difference between a copy and an original, you may want to check factors like:
- Production – is PH's 'Artichoke' produced according to conditions similar to the original production
- The materials – is it the same materials that are used for the lamp
- Reviews – does the reseller in question have any reviews on Trustpilot
- Size and dimensions
PH designed his 'Artichoke' lamp in four different sizes with the dimensions:
48 cm, 60 cm, 72 cm and 84 cm – and the names reflects this e.g. (PH 'Artichoke' 48)
PH originally designed the lamp for a larger pavilion, and therefore it was also correspondingly large. 'Artichoke' 84 will rarely fit into a private home, but rather be more appropriate for larger dining halls, conference rooms and other large areas.
'Artichoke' 48 was not on the market until 2007, and came after a growing demand for a smaller size lamp that could fit into any home.
Unique and well thought lighting from Poul Henningsen
PH designed the 'Artichoke' with 72 leaves / slats in 12 rows. The design provides a unique light source which allows the lamp to light up a whole room without glare, no matter from which angle you view the fixture. Thus, it is a very pleasant lighting, regardless where you sit, be it right under the lamp or in any other piece of furniture in the living room.
Designed in copper, white or steel
The leaves are made of lacquered steel and the steel arches which holds the leaves are made of polished steel. The 72 leaves can be lacquered in various colours, depending on which model you prefer. Thus, you can get the exact expression which fits into your home.
You can choose between different colours such as copper, white and steel. The 'Artichoke' made of copper is the most famous and popular. However, the models in white and steel fits perfectly into the current light and minimalistic interior design of Danish homes.
When Poul Henningsen designed the 'Artichoke' lamp
The ' Artichoke' was born when Poul Henningsen was commissioned to design a fixture for Langelinie Pavillonen in Copenhagen in 1958. The lamp can be considered a development of his earlier light fixture with glass screens, called 'Septima Lamp'. The production of the 'Artichoke' has always been done in collaboration with Louis Poulsen.
Poul Henningsen (1894-1967) always wanted to be a painter, but began studies at the School of Architecture. He had a prolific career, which in addition to the beautiful lamp designs such as the 'Artichoke' and other PH lamps e.g. 'Snowball', also featured an active role as public debater in which he was very active regarding the interwar cultural radicals. He is best described as a multi-artist.
How much does the 'Artichoke' cost? Fluctuating prices
The price of new original 'Artichoke' lamps varies depending on the size. The 48 cm model cost around 50.000kr. (£5.800 / $7550) at Louis Poulsen, thus becoming more expensive, the larger size you choose.
Unfortunately, it is safe to say that an 'Artichoke' lamp will never be on sale. This designer lamp is simply too popular for any reseller to lower the price, in order to get a sale. If you wish to purchase this designer lamp at a cheaper price, you have to look at alternative options. One option is to buy a replica, another is to buy second-hand. Copies are typically available for a tenth of the original price, because you do not have to pay for the brand name, while the price of a second-hand lamp depends on which offers you can find at auction sites at the time.
PH's 'Artichoke' second-hand from eBay or other websites
You can get lucky and find some great offers on a second-hand lamp if you check websites such as eBay or Lauritz. However, as with other furniture and lamps there is some risk in connection to buying second-hand, since you do not have any guarantee for the condition of the lamp. You should check if the lamp has:
- Visible scratches on the surface
- Looseness in the screw thread
- All 72 leaves and / or if any of them are loose
- All connections intact – always plug the lamp into a socket and check if the lighting is as it should be. Be sure to bring a light bulb with you, in case the seller claims that it just need a new bulb.