If you are an interior-decorating enthusiast, you should know that a room can have its look enhanced by the simple addition of one single item. The item does not have to be furniture of anything elaborate. Simple light fixtures from 122design.com can do a lot to bring drama and something special to any room. Let’s look at the artichoke lamp as designed by Poul Henningsen.
About the Designer: Poul Henningsen
Poul Henningsen was an architect who loved to play around with the dispersion or distortion of the light. He recognized how lighting effects can elevate the aesthetics of a room. He has been described as an artist and as a light architect. When it comes to light fixtures, form as well as the effects of light on our health is what intrigued him.
According to Henningsen, a steady diffusion of light is better than a single, uninterrupted stream from a light bulb. His lighting fixture consists of layered shades that spread light in a way that it is softer on the eyes. These are better than your average chandeliers. They are unique and other-worldly people will want to know where you got the.
The Poul Henningsen Kogle / Artichoke lamps
Poul Henningsen first designed the artichoke lamp over 40 years ago and called it “The Poul Henningsen Kogle (PH Kogle)” because it looks like a Conifer cone. This piece of art consists of hanging light fixture with 12 arches as well as 72 overlaying leaves arranged to resemble a conifer cone.
The light bulb is ensconced within the cone. The unfolding leaves capture the light from the bulb within and disperse it softly into the room creating a classic artichoke pattern. These lamps suit any design from traditional to modern. They are a great investment.
Invest in artistic light fixtures
Poul Henningsen’s designs are not cheap, but they are exclusive. They are available from certain online stores, but the numbers are limited. The uniqueness coupled with the exclusivity of these lamps makes them highly collectible. You can expect to pay above $8,000 for one artichoke lamp. These lamps were not designed or created for mass production so that demand might outstrip supply.
As trends change and people get interested in other things, however, artichoke lamps will continue to be fashionable, and collectors will always be there when you need to sell. Poul Henningsen’s designs are timeless. The artichoke lamp was created over 40 years ago, but it is still modern today as it probably will be for the next couple of years.