50's lamp

isn't this a real 'classic' modern design? a lamp designed in 1958::

i would like to have one of those in my living room...

these are the original collages in the 'danish museum of art and design' in copenhagen, dk::

story behind the product (from louispoulsen.com)
:: the 'ph artichoke' is considered to be a classical masterpiece made by poul henningsen (called 'ph') more than 40 years ago. the structure is made of twelve steel arches. on this structure ph placed 72 copper “leaves” in twelve circular rows with six blades in each row. because each row is staggered from the previous, all 72 leaves are able to “cover for each other”. this design allows viewing the fixture from any angle without being able to see the light source located in the center of the 'ph artichoke'. the original 'ph artichokes' were developed for a restaurant in copenhagen called the 'langelinie pavilion', and they are still hanging there today.

lamp:: ph artichoke (original:: ph kogle = "conifer cone")
design:: poul henningsen (dk, 1958)
by:: louis poulsen (copenhagen, dk)


Susan Golton said...

Thanks you for sharing some of the development behind this design classic! I keep seeing it used as a symbol of design, on wallpaper as a silhouette, in magazines, so it was interesting to find out more!

Anonymous said...

What an awesome lamp. I wish I had one of those.