PH Artichoke ~ Leaves of Gold

Lights are integral in home interior designs. Correct lighting can make or break a well conceived home design. Ever wonder why the designer bags or diamonds that the ladies bought looks so good in the shops and their brilliance seem to diminish after you bring them home? It’s the magic of the down lights that enhances the looks of products when you see them in the shops. Proper lighting also worked wonders on art galleries, bringing out the shimmer of oil paintings and the beauty of the arts. Enter a home and walk towards a dining room. What catches your eyes? Is it the dining table and chairs, or the beautiful or ugly in some cases of the pendant lights that is hanging at your eye level? This brings us to today’s topic. A new topic after a week long’s talk about seats that rests your feet and hugs your back.

Making an opening to this topic of lighting, is a Classical Masterpiece which is like a work of art, the PH Artichoke Lamp from Louis Poulsen.

PH Artichoke Lamp in Stainless Steel and Copper

Designed in 1958 by Poul Henningsen, the original PH Artichoke Lamps were designed for a restaurant in Copenhagen called the Langelinie Pavilion. and they are still hanging there today. You can visit their webpage to see how the originals stood the test of time. They look perfectly fresh and modern despite being over 50 years old. The other decorations and furnishings look a lot dated!

The Originals still hanging in the Langelinie Pavilion

The Artichoke Lamp consist of 72 leaves positioned to form 12 unique rows of six leaves each. Each row is staggered from the previous row to enable all 72 leaves to cover the centrally positioned light source. This design allows glare-free light as the light from the light source are diffused by the leaves from all viewing angles. Without direct light to cause any discomfort to the eyes, the light fixture can be appreciated as a piece of art and function as illuminators to the room. The PH Artichoke Lamp comes in various materials and colours. It comes in Stainless Steel or Copper for that all nostalgic feel. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the PH Artichoke Lamp, a 24-Carat Gold Plated Limited Edition of 50 pieces was released. It was beauty to behold as I admire it overlooking the Giorgetti Dining Suite in Space Asia Hub’s Villa.

The 50th Anniversary Limited Edition PH Artichoke in Space Asia Hub

50th Anniversary Limited Edition – The Beauty of Gold

The PH Artichoke fits everywhere from Lofts to Dining Rooms

The visual impact of the PH Artichoke is stunning, its details are fascinating but the complexity of the design was well concealed. Who would have thought that a 3 months project for a restaurant 50 years ago would have conceived a timeless classic with such visual artistry, given that the simplicity of the concept of modeling it after a vegetable.

Will it become part of the display in my home? I love it very much, but this Louis Poulsen piece will unlikely be finding its way to my home, given that the damage for a small sized PH Artichoke is well over S$16,000. Maybe a replica will hang over my Dining Room ceiling at best.

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