The highlight of the 1959 exhibition in Copenhagen was the House of Tomorrow, filled with fantastic gadgets that came to illustrate the epitomic futuristic home. For this exhibition project, Danish designer Poul Henningsen created twenty ceiling lights, reminiscent of his famed Artichoke Lamps, but in color. They were designed to appear floating in the space to suggest stars and planets of the Atomic Age. They were made in fluorescent palette of reds, yellows and whites, and featured an interplay of darkness and radiant light. From the 18 examples of this model still in existence, two are in the permanent collection of the producer, Louis Poulsen, and one will be offered next week by Sotheby’s in its design sale.
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