Our ‘ThrowBackThursday’ piece is the Louis Poulsen PH Artichoke pendant light designed by Poul Henningsen way back in 1958 but now iconic and contemporary at the same time.

Henningsen designed the PH Artichoke for the Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant in Copenhagen. The 72 precisely positioned leaves form 12 unique rows of six leaves each. They illuminate the fixture as well as emitting diffused light with a unique pattern. The fixture provides decorative and comfortable lighting and now hails in LED and a variety of finishes. The original version was with solid copper leaves and a rose finish on their interiors, an exclusive edition being produced by Louis Poulsen to commemorate Henningson’s 125thbirthday. The PH Artichoke is available in white, stainless steel, stainless steel polished, brass, copper and copper-rose.

Poul Henningsen was born in Copenhagen to the famous Danish actress Agnes Henningsen. He studied as an architect, although never graduated, at The Technical School at Frederiksberg, Denmark from 1911-14, and then at Technical College in Copenhagen from 1914-17. He started practising traditional functionalistic architecture, but over the years his professional interests changed to focus mainly on lighting which is what he is most famous for.

He also expanded his field of occupation into areas of writing, becoming a journalist and an author. For a short period at the beginning of WWII, he was the head architect of the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. But like many other creative people, he was forced to flee Denmark during the German occupation but soon became a vital part of the Danish colony of artists living in Sweden.

His lifelong collaboration with Louis Poulsen began in 1925 and lasted until his death. Poul Henningsen was also the first editor of the company magazine “NYT”. The CEO of Louis Poulsen at the time, Sophus Kaastrup-Olsen, gave the magazine to Henningsen as a gift because he had been terminated from the Danish newspaper he worked for (his opinions were too radical).

Poul Henningsen’s pioneering work concerning the relations between light structures, shadows, glare, and colour reproduction—compared to man’s need for light – remains the foundation of the lighting theories still practiced by Louis Poulsen.

Source: louispoulsen.com