Classic design: ‘PH Artichoke’ by Poul Henningsen

October 23, 2017 / Classics, SHOPPING


A pendant light with an attention-grabbing past


Designed by Danish architect, designer and writer Poul Henningsen (1894-1967).  Approached by Eva and Nils Koppel in 1957 to create a series of large statement lights for the Langeline Pavilion, a new glass-and-concrete Modernist restaurant in the city’s harbour.



Inspired by one of his own designs from 1927, the ‘PH Septima’, a hanging lamp with seven glass shades.  He expanded the look, designing a pendant with 12 vertical ribs, to which 72 hand-cut leaves (or ‘picket fences’, as Henningsen called them) are fixed.  These leaves are not just decorative but used to conceal the light’s bulb.  Mimicking natures design the name was originally ‘PH Kogle’, Danish for Pinecone, where it later became ‘PH Artichoke’.



Why we love it  Henningsen created this light knowing he had to grab peoples attention, yet create the ideal atmosphere for dining.  It is fair to say that he succeeded in capturing peoples attention.  To this day, the ‘PH Artichoke’ is part of Copenhagen’s Langelinie Pavilion restaurant, the venue for which it was designed for.  Originally available in steel and copper, it has recently been launched in glass.  Available from £4,900, Skandium (



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