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The PH Artichoke lamp was born out of a lighting commission Poul Henningsen (1894–1967) received from Danish architects Eva and Nils Koppel to outfit the newly rebuilt Langelinie Pavilion, a Copenhagen restaurant that was bombed during World War II by the Germans with support from Danish collaborators. The original space — situated on the Copenhagen waterfront — dated back to 1902 and was a beloved spot for socializing in the city. The new, modernist 11-story pavilion was completed by the Koppels in 1958.


The objective for Henningsen, a Danish architect, designer and author, was to create a light that was beautiful, whether it was on or off. To do so, he returned to a piece he had tinkered with three decades earlier: the PH Septima, a pendant fixture with seven light shades. He updated his old design for the Koppels by paying homage to the humble, edible globe artichoke. 


Henningsen devised 72 copper “leaves” that he staggered in rows to completely hide the light bulb inside and prevent any harsh glare from materializing. Each of the 12 rows would have six leaves. The genius of the Artichoke lamp lay in Henningsen’s choice to marry design with material. He was drawn to the gas lamps that illuminated his Danish hometown as a child and yearned to re-create the warmth that we attribute to gas lighting. The Artichoke lamp’s decorative arrangement of bent sheet copper emits a similarly radiant hue when lit from within, lending a healthy glow to the guests in the room. It took Henningsen only three months to finish the design upon receiving the commission. The initial version was manufactured by Danish lighting company Louis Poulsen, with which Henningsen began working in 1925. When the Artichoke lamp was ultimately hung in the Langelinie Pavilion, it was so heavy that it required suspension from steel aircraft cables.


The widely popular Artichoke lamp embodies Henningsen’s core beliefs about lighting. “This lamp is constructed with the most difficult and noble task in mind: lighting in the home,” he said. “The aim is to beautify the home and those who live there.”


This mantra rang true throughout Henningsen’s career, as it also helps define other signature pieces of his, such as the PH5 pendant lamp, PH table lamp and more. Henningsen’s original PH lamp design won first prize for modern lighting at the International Exposition of Decorative Arts in Paris in 1925.


Louis Poulsen continues to produce Henningsen’s work, and the Artichoke lamp is still available in its original copper as well as other assorted materials.


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Artichoke Pendant Lamp in Copper by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Pendant lamp dsesigned by Poul Henningsen. Denmark, Louis Poulsen, 1980s. Measure: (60 Cm). The Artichoke lamp with 72 copper coated leaves with wet painted inner side on chromed ...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Louis Poulsen Medium PH Artichoke Pendant Light by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Louis Poulsen Large PH Artichoke Pendant Light by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Louis Poulsen Extra Large PH Artichoke Pendant Light by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Louis Poulsen Small PH Artichoke Pendant Light by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Weston, FL
Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen by the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He never graduated as an architect, but studied at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Poul Henningsen PH Artichoke Pendant Lamp, for Louis Poulsen, 1958
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Pambio Noranco, CH
Original PH Artichoke pendant lamp of the circa 1958. Not a reproduction!! The PH Artichoke lamp was designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 for a Copenhagen restaurant named the Langeli...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Poul Henningsen Artichoke Pendant
By Poul Henningsen
Located in London, GB
Vintage Poul Henningsen Artichoke pendant light. 60cm diameter example with light patina to the copper shades. Iconic and beautiful.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

First Edition Copper Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamp, Louis Poulsen, Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Utrecht, NL
Rare first production series Artichoke, executed from a stunning aged golden copper, pendant by Poul Henningsen with production period related steel handles (2) on top rim. Original...
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20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper, Steel, Chrome

Large Artichoke Lamp by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen, Poul Hermann Poulsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Monumental pendant lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen. Suspended by ivory enameled-steel canopy, the interior chrome cylinder is surrounded by layers of brushed copper leaves....
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper, Chrome

Poul Henningsen Artichoke Pendant Light
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen Artichoke pendant light, Denmark, circa 1957. Copper, aluminum, and enameled steel with early sticker label.
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Copper

Poul Henningsen White PH Artichoke Chandelier for Louis Poulsen, Largest Model
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Madrid, ES
Poul Henningsen White PH Artichoke large chandelier for Louis Poulsen. The PH Artichoke pendant light was designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen for the Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant...
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Late 20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

1960s Poul Henningsen ‘Artichoke’ Pendant Lamp for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Amstelveen, Noord
1960s Poul Henningsen ‘Artichoke’ pendant lamp for Louis Poulsen. Original unrestored good and working condition.
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Vintage 1960s Danish Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Copper

Early Brushed Steel PH Artichoke Pendant for Louis Poulsen, 1970s
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Woudrichem, NL
Largest edition of the PH-Artichoke pendant with brushed stainless steel shades designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark, design 1957, production 1970s. This iconic p...
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Stainless Steel

Original Midcentury Artichoke Pendant in Patinated Copper
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Artichoke pendant in patinated copper designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen. Designed for the Langelinie Pavillion in Copenhagen in 1957.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

White Artichoke by Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Artichoke, Ø48, in white lacquered aluminum designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 and manufactured by Louis Poulsen in the late 2000s.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Very Rare Original "artichoke lamp" by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Copenhagen, DK
One of the original five Artichoke-lamps hung in 1958 as part of the interior of "Langelinie Pavillonen" - marked with "LP" in both the socket and the top of the lamp. The shades are...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Artichoke Pendant Lamp by Poul Henningsen
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Berlin, Berlin
Pendant lamp designed by Poul Henningsen. Denmark, Louis Poulsen, 1960s. The Artichoke lamp with 72 white coloured metal blades on chromed steel frame. Vintage lamp in very good c...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Large PH Artichoke Copper Lamp by Poul Henningsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Large-scale iconic brushed copper hanging pendant lamp by Poul Henningsen, manufactured by Louis Poulsen, Denmark. PH Artichoke (1958) is a 360-degree glare free luminaire created by...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Copper, Chrome

Poul Henningsen Artichoke Ceiling Lamp Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Artichoke ceiling lamp designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Vintage Model PH Artichoke Lamp by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, 1950s
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Porto, PT
PH Artichoke pendant lamp designed by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, 1950s. Artichoke', with 72 copper blades placed on 12 chromed steel arcs. Complete with socket cover in chro...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Early 'PH Artichoke' Pendant for Louis Poulsen with Stainless Steel Shades
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, 'PH-Artichoke' pendant with stainless steel shades, stainless steel Denmark, design 1957, production 1970s. The Artichoke pendant is an all time e...
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Vintage 1960s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

PH Artichoke Pendant by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark, 1950s
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Antwerp, BE
First edition PH Artichoke pendant by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, Denmark, 1950s. This iconic pendant is constructed from copper, enameled steel, chrome plated brass and ename...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel, Chrome, Copper, Enamel

Poul Henningsen First Edition Artichoke by Louis Poulsen in Denmark
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Malmo, SE
Rare first edition artichoke ceiling lamp designed by Poul Henningsen. Produced by Louis Poulsen in Denmark.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

PH Artichoke Pendant Light by Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen, White, 1958
By Poul Henningsen, Louis Poulsen
Located in Brooklyn, NY
One of the most iconic, modern lighting designs, the PH Artichoke Pendant Light's origin is just as noteworthy. Originally designed in 1958 for the Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant l...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

Monumental Poul Henningsen Steel PH Artichoke Chandelier for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Monumental Poul Henningsen Steel PH Artichoke chandelier for Louis Poulsen. This monumental pendant is the largest size produced. The PH Artichoke Pendant Light was designed in 1958 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and...

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Brass, Steel

Monumental Poul Henningsen Brass PH Artichoke Chandelier for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Monumental Poul Henningsen brass PH Artichoke chandelier for Louis Poulsen. This monumental pendant is the largest size produced. The PH Artichoke pendant Light was designed in 1958 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and...

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Steel, Brass

Monumental Poul Henningsen PH Glass Artichoke Chandelier for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen PH glass Artichoke chandelier for Louis Poulsen. The PH artichoke pendant light was designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen for the Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant in Co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and...

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Metal, Aluminum, Chrome

Poul Henningsen White PH Artichoke Chandelier for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Poul Henningsen white PH artichoke chandelier for Louis Poulsen. The PH artichoke pendant light was designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen for the Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant in Co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and...

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Steel, Aluminum

Monumental Poul Henningsen Copper PH Artichoke Chandelier for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Glendale, CA
Extra large Poul Henningsen copper PH artichoke chandelier for Louis Poulsen. This monumental pendant is the largest size produced. The PH Artichoke Pendant Light was designed in 195...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and...

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Copper, Steel

Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamp, Louis Poulsen, Denmark
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Porto, PT
Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen, artichoke lamp with 72 copper leaves, originally designed circa 1958 for the Langalinie Pavillion in Copenhagen. Shown here the large 72 cm version.
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Vintage 1970s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper

Original Monumental Poul Henningsen Copper PH Artichoke Chandelier Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Vienna, Vienna
Extra large Poul Henningsen copper PH artichoke chandelier for Louis Poulsen. This monumental pendant is the largest size produced. The PH Artichoke pendant light was designed in 195...
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Vintage 1980s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper, Chrome

Poul Henningsen, Artichoke Luster, Louis Poulsen Manufacturer, 2010
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Poul Henningsen, Artichoke luster, Louis Poulsen manufacturer, aluminium and circa 2010, Denmark. Measure: Height 90 cm, diameter 80 cm.
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2010s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Large 'Artichoke' Ceiling Fixture by Poul Henningsen for Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Paris, Ile-de-France
A brushed metal 'Artichoke' ceiling fixture. Designer: Poul Henningsen. Manufacturer: Louis Poulsen. Denmark, 1958. This is the largest size of the "Artichoke" series. The fix...
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Vintage 1950s Danish Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Artichoke in Brushed Steel by Poul Henningsen and Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Lejre, DK
Artichoke measure: Ø60, in brushed steel designed by Poul Henningsen and manufactured by Louis Poulsen in the late 2000s.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel

PH Ø48 Design Poul Henningsen Artichoke Manufactured by Louis Poulsen
By Poul Henningsen
Located in Lejre, DK
An all time eye catcher in lightning design. This copper version of Poul Henningsen's Artichoke measures 48 cm in diameter. This item is therefor very usable over a dining table.
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Vintage 1950s Danish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper, Steel, Chrome

PH Artichoke by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen
By Louis Poulsen, Poul Henningsen
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Leaves in punched copper, laser cut stainless steel comes in copper, stainless steel or white.
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2010s Danish Chandeliers and Pendants

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Copper, Cut Steel, Stainless Steel