Louis Poulsen PH Artichoke Glass
By Poul Henningsen
Poul Henningsen’s PH Artichoke Glass was launched in 2008. The origins of the glass version date back to 1927-31 when Poul Henningsen developed the PH Septima glass light – a pendant with seven glass shades which Louis Poulsen manufactured up until 1940 when it was discontinued due to a lack of raw materials during the war. When Poul Henningsen was asked to develop a light for the Langelinie Pavillonen restaurant in 1958, he was able to finish the project in three months, because PH Artichoke Glass is based on the ideas in Septima. Septima consisted of seven shades made from clear glass with six sand-blasted regions. In PH Artichoke, the shades were grouped into ’picket fences’, as Poul Henningsen called them, and the light was made of copper. PH Artichoke Glass, which is made of handmade sandblasted glass, is closer to Septima in its expression. The light is diffused through the leaves, making it soft and comfortable. Whether the light is switched on or off, the leaves have a transparent ice-like appearance, adding elegance and lightness to the room.