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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
George Nelson's famous Bubble Lamps were originally designed in 1947 and were produced through the late 1970's. This inventive series features various dimensional shapes in soft white polymer over steel framing. One of the most defining lighting collections in mid-century modern design, it boasts lasting appeal and quality construction.
The disk-shaped Saucer Lamp from the series has been reissued by Modernica to its original specifications, using the original Howard Miller tooling. Part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Six feet of white cord is included in the assembly kit. Brushed Nickel ceiling plate. Offered in Medium.
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The original Bubble Lamp was inspired by a self webbing material used to moth-ball ships in mid-20th century New York. Nelson thought the material would be a perfect fit for lighting, and quickly produced the first prototype by adding the material to a steel frame. One of the many unmistakable descendants of that first lamp, the Saucer Lamp is produced with its original Nelson specifications. Offers abundant, even light. Manufactured domestically.
Made in the U.S.A.
Material(s): Polymer, steel
Medium: 1 X 150W medium incandescent bulb (not included)
Large: 1 X 150W medium incandescent bulb (not included)
By: David G., Homeowner (Manchester, NH)
We bought the George Nelson saucer light in an " open box." The light was perfect and it looks great above our dining room table!
By: J.D., Homeowner (Metuchen, NJ)
It was an open box purchase in perfect condition. Thanks
Excellent quality, and even though it was an "open box" purchase, the condition is perfect.
By: Wenden B., Homeowner (Los Angeles)
I purchased the mid-sized Nelson saucer lamp because I've been remodeling my house and had been planning on buying one. When I saw the open box sale on the size I was looking for, I jumped on it, and am completely satisfied with the purchase. The condition was perfect, and the lamp has excellent quality of workmanship. I have also bought furnishings from YLiving and have been completely satisfied with all those purchases as well. I will definitely buy from YLiving again.
Gorgeous light in perfect condition at an affordable price
By: Meera S., Homeowner (San Mateo, CA)
I have been wanting the Nelson Saucer for a long long time and YLighting had the best price and free shipping. When I got the email about closeouts/open box clearance, I jumped on the Nelson saucer open box. The light arrived quickly and was in perfect condition. It included all the components. I am absolutely thrilled with my purchase!
Designer: George Nelson
An early zap came in the 1930s, when he was an architectural student in Rome. Before returning home, an idea struck him: He would travel Europe and interview leading modern architects, hoping to get the articles published in the U.S. He succeeded, and in the process introduced the U.S. design community to the European avant-garde. This set in motion a sequence of what he called "lucky" career breaks that were really the inevitable outcomes of his brilliance as a designer, teacher, and author.
The first break was being named an editor of Architectural Forum magazine. Working on a story there in 1942, he was looking at aerial photos of blighted cities when--zap!--he developed the concept of the downtown pedestrian mall, which was unveiled in the Saturday Evening Post.
Soon after, another zap led to the Storagewall, the first modular storage system and a forerunner of systems furniture. The Storagewall was showcased in a 1945 Life magazine article, causing a sensation in the furniture industry. Herman Miller founder D.J. DePree saw the article and was so impressed that he paid a visit to Nelson in New York and convinced him to be his director of design, which spurred Nelson to found his design firm, George Nelson & Associates. The warm personal and professional relationship between Nelson and DePree yielded a stunning range of products, from the playful Marshmallow Sofa to the first L-shaped desk, a precursor of today's workstation.
Nelson once wrote that Herman Miller "is not playing follow-the-leader." That's one reason why George Nelson & Associates worked with Herman Miller for over 25 years as they shepherded design into the modern era.
During this same period, George Nelson & Associates also created many landmark designs of products, showrooms, and exhibitions for a variety of companies and organizations.
Nelson said that for a designer to deal creatively with human needs, "he must first make a radical, conscious break with all values he identifies as antihuman." Designers also must constantly be aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society. In fact, he declared that "total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything." So he said that rather than specializing, designers must cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.
Prix de Rome for architecture, 1932
Best Office of the Year, New York Times, 1953
Gold Medal, Art Directors Club of New York, 1953
Good Design Award, Museum of Modern Art, 1954
Trailblazer Award, National Home Furnishings League, 1954
Chairman, International Design Conference in Aspen, 1965, 1982
Scholar in Residence, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Design, 1984
Lifetime Achievement Award, American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1991
Permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Nelson did so as few are able, and, with the help of well-timed zaps, he helped define modern, humane design.
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Manufacturer: George Nelson Bubble Lamps