Classics of furniture design

Artichoke

Furniture that we call classics was designed at some point to solve contemporary issues. Some of these solutions are enduring or are being rediscovered. Furniture classics are stylistic testimonies of past eras that not only remind us of the long known and familiar, but also emphasise the importance of quality, originality and innovation.

Sep 06 2021

In our series, we present a selection of furniture design classics - today, the Artichoke lamp by Poul Henningsen.

Artichoke by Poul Henningsen (Louis Poulsen

In order to create good light, the Danish self-made man and designer Poul Henningsen was already intensively occupied with the interaction of light control, shadow and colour rendering since the 1920s. His goal was to constructively avoid any glare. 

He designed his iconic "Artichoke" luminaire in 1958 for the "Langelinie Pavillonen" restaurant on the promenade of the same name in Copenhagen. The luminaire is based on a copper construction of leaf-shaped elements whose inner surfaces have a rosé-coloured finish. In this original version, the luminaire and its glare-free light have a particularly warm and organic effect.

Today, the Artichoke internationally contributes to an exclusive room atmosphere in many hotel lobbies, restaurants or offices, meanwhile also equipped with current lighting technology.

Author: Heike Edelmann

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