Modern Icons: PH Lights

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PH lights are called after the initials of their designer, P√łul Henningsen, that had been obsessed with mild. Henningsen was always playing with reflection, diffusion, the light spectrum and dispersing light equally. In fact, he’s been referred to as the world’s first lighting architect. It is very apparent that contemporary furniture collectors consider his fixtures that the icing on the cake, because you’ll notice from some of the assemblages of furniture beneath. In fact, his lights are so iconic they’ve inspired works of art and even a groovy background! Let’s have a look.

This is actually the PH Artichoke Pendant. The 72 laser-cut leaves are organized in 12 round rows to avoid any glare from the light source. The fixture was originally designed for The Langelinie Pavilion, a restaurant in Copenhagen where they hang now.

This is actually the PH 5, that Henningsen designed in 1958. Its basic structure is a cone shaped, three reflecting shades, and it uses a little primary red and primary blue to absorb the light spectrums. I am starting to see why PH has been recognized as the world’s first lighting architect. The simple shape is so misleading, yet so much thought went into how it might function.

I found this background when shopping online the other day and was delighted to come across a Houzz designer using it. It Includes the PH Artichoke Light prominently. The true pendant lamp here’s your PH 50. Doesn’t it seem disgusting with all the Saarinen Table along with the Eames Shell Chairs? I am finding most PH light owners have paired them together with other mid-century iconic pieces.

The PH 50 is a spinoff of the original PH 5, designed in 1958. The diameter is 50 centimeters, thus the name. The newest release comes in 5 new fun colors such as this sleek black.

Incidentally, if you click on this picture, I have tagged it with advice on where to purchase the lamp and the background. Just look for the green tags.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

This fixture is your PH Snowball Pendant. This is such an unexpected yet perfect spot for you personally, tucked right right into a very small bay window nook. It shows off how flexible these bracelets are, especially when you pick an all-white edition. I also love the drama between the fixture and the contemporary Philippe Starck Eros chair, mixed in with timber mid-century bits.

Webber + Studio, Architects

Check out the back wall supporting the right of this photo; you will find two paintings celebrating PH lamps! It is apparent from this shot that the owner is a contemporary furniture enthusiast and collector, and the PH pendants are much-honored. If you look carefully, you can observe the PH 50 pendant floating nearly in the middle of these two paintings.

Webber + Studio, Architects

Here’s another view from the preceding shot, as if you were standing directly before the PH mild artwork. On the right is your PH 50, back in the corner is a PH Artichoke lamp paired with some Mies van de Rohe Brno chairs.

Paul McKean architecture llc

Here the Artichoke hovers above a contemporary dining table and Eames shell chairs. Is not this a stunning glass house? The white glow of the artichoke lamp as well as the mild furnishings really enable the perspectives of the sky and foliage to take center stage.


Shell chairs also work well with the PH 5!

FORMA Design

This picture really shows off the best, non-glare glow of the Artichoke.

Classic Danish Wegner chairs are another fantastic companion for your Artichoke lamp.

Webber + Studio, Architects

A PH 5 hovers within a Saarinen Tulip Table and Chairs.

Webber + Studio, Architects

I love this comparison between the live tulips along with the subjective artichoke!

Product Bureau LLC

Here a pair of Snowball Pendants hover within an elegant kitchen island.

Mark English Architects, AIA

The Artichoke doesn’t necessarily have to hang low over a table. It works really well with contemporary and contemporary architecture, high over an entryway, staircases, and other vaulted areas.

Sutton Suzuki Architects

Inside this room the Artichoke helps keep a balance between the low furniture along with the high ceilings.

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