Poul Henningsen's Artichoke Lampe
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The Artichoke Lamp is perhaps the most recognized and popular addition to the PH Lamp Series. Designed with a screen made of 72 leaves arranged in 12 circular rows, this lamp has a structure similar to that of an artichoke from which it gets its name.
Poul Henningsen designed the Artichoke Lamp in 1958 as a lighting solution for the Langelinie Pavillonen in Copenhagen where it still casts its glare-free light and enhances the space with its sculptural design.
The design with multiple leaves, arranged in a clever and thoroughly thought out way ensures that the lamp is able to light up whole room without creating glare, no matter from which angle you view it.
PH Artichoke Replica
Since the Artichoke original can be rather costly, you might be considering other options to get it for a cheaper price. If you’re looking for a replica, there are several things you should keep in mind. To find if there is a difference between a copy and an original, be sure to check the following factors:
- Production – is the PH Artichoke produced according to the original design?
- Materials – are the materials used the same ones that are included in the original design?
- Reviews – does the reseller in question has any reviews on Trustpilot
What’s more, you should be careful to check where the reseller operates – due to its copyright laws, Ireland is the only place where you can legally buy a replica of this timeless classic, and there are many resellers who have an illegal business based in other countries.
Another thing one should keep in mind is that while PH originally designed the Artichoke for a large pavilion, it is rather big and can rarely fit into a private home. This version became known as the Artichoke 84 and was mostly used for dining halls, conference rooms and other larger areas. However, increasing demand for a smaller size of the lamp led to the release of Artichoke 48 in 2007. Now, you can buy several models, and you should make sure that the replica you consider buying fits into some of the following proportions:
|Artichoke 48||Height: 44 cm
Diameter: 48 cm
|Artichoke 60||Height: 58 cm
Diameter: 60 cm
|Artichoke 72||Height: 65 cm
Diameter: 72 cm
|Artichoke 84||Height: 72 cm
Diameter: 84 cm
The Artichoke Variants
The leaves of the Artichoke are made of lacquered steel while the arches which hold the leaves are made of polished steel. The leaves can be lacquered in various colours, so you can choose the one that fits your personal style the best.
Aside from different colour choices, the Artichoke also comes in two materials – copper and steel, with copper being the most popular. However, the steel models, and especially those lacquered in white are extremely popular for modern homes with minimalistic décor styles.
The Development of the Artichoke
The Artichoke was born when Poul Henningsen was commissioned to design a light fixture for Langelinie Pavillonen in Copenhagen in 1958. The lamp can be considered a further development of his earlier light fixture with glass screens, called Septima Lamp. The production of the Artichoke was originally done in collaboration with Louis Poulsen who still holds the rights for the production to this day.
The Artichoke Cost and Price Variations
The price of a new original Artichoke Lamp mostly depends on the size. The 48cm model costs around 50.000kr (£5.800 / $7550) at Louis Poulsen with larger models being more expensive.
Due to the continuous demand for this classic PH Lamp, the Artichoke is almost never on sale. If you wish to purchase this designer lamp at a cheaper price, you have to look for alternative options like buying a replica or a second-hand model. Copies are usually available for a tenth of the original price because you don’t have to pay for the brand name, while the price of a second-hand Artichoke varies from one offer to another.
If you get lucky enough to find a good offer for a second-hand Artichoke on sites like eBay or Lauritz, you should still be careful since, as with other second-hand furniture, you don’t have any guarantee for the condition of the lamp. Be sure to check:
- Are there any visible scratches on the surface
- Is there any looseness in the screw thread
- Are all the 72 leaves firmly in place
- Are all the connections intact – and be sure to always bring an extra light bulb with you, in case the seller claims that it’s the only flaw of his model
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