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Design by George Nelson, 1947. By Modernica.  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... Read More
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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
By Modernica.

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. This disk-shaped Saucer Lamp from the series has been reissued by Modernica to its original specifications, using the original Howard Miller tooling. The lamp is also part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

A brushed nickel ceiling plate and six feet of white cord is included in the assembly kit. Available in a variety of lamp sizes.

Notes:

Made in the U.S.A.

Specifications

Material(s): Polymer, steel

Dimensions:

  • Small 7.5" H x 17.5" Dia
  • Medium 9.5" H x 25" Dia
  • Large 14" H x 36" Dia
  • Ceiling Plate: 5.25" Dia

Bulbs: Small: 1 X 60W medium incandescent bulb (not included) Medium: 1 X 150W medium incandescent bulb (not included) Large: 1 X 150W medium incandescent bulb (not included) Extra Large: 1 X 150W medium incandescent bulb (not included)

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SAUCER

Customer ReviewsAverage Rating:4.5 out of 5 Write Review
5 out of 5

Great product! Great service!

By: steven b., Homeowner (Brooklyn, NYC)

Product is exactly as described. Super fast shipping. Very satisfied.

5 out of 5

Lovely

By: A Wood, Homeowner (NC)

Perfect for our little ranch! We love the medium over our dining room table.

5 out of 5

Saucer lamp is wonderful

By: Kenneth M., Homeowner (ohio)

I enjoyed my experience purchasing the George nelson Saucer Lamp. The ordering process was easy and the lamp looks wonderful in my home!

5 out of 5

Simple beauty, classic style.

By: David H., Homeowner (Columbus, Ohio)

Arrived undamaged, installed easily and looks perfect. The light fills the room without blinding you.

5 out of 5

Simple beauty, classic style.

By: David H., Homeowner (Columbus, Ohio)

Arrived undamaged, installed easily and looks perfect. The light fills the room without blinding you.

5 out of 5

ELEGANT AND TIMELESS

By: Clayton M., Designer (los angles CA USA)

THROWS GREAT BOUNCE LIGHT THROUGH OUT THE ROOM WITH A FLICK OF ONE SWITCH

5 out of 5

Love this pendant light!!

By: Donna A., Homeowner (Amherst, MA USA)

This light is a beautiful, classic reproduction of the George Nelson saucer lamp. It's well made, elegant and much more impressive "in person" than online. It will make a tasteful statement in my mid-century decor; it's both minimalist and fun. In short, it's lovely. It was shipped and delivered swiftly, and carefully packaged. I recommend this item and this site for a positive purchasing experience.

5 out of 5

Classic for a reason

By: Lovemcm, Homeowner (Rhode Island)

Looked for months for the "right" ceiling fixture for our large, high-ceilinged master bedroom. Since aesthetics, function, and money were all priorities, we considered and rejected a multitude of lights: too small, too pricey, not enough light, wrong look. Sigh... And then d'oh!! (slaps forehead) we remembered the Nelson Bubble Lamps. Certainly couldn't beat the price for the sheer size of the large Saucer, and online pictures indicated it worked in all sorts of decor, not just modern, and it emanates light up, down, and all around with a lovely glow. So we pulled the trigger, and Y-Lighting, as usual, is a joy to buy from. Status e-mails regularly so we knew exactly where our fixture was and when to expect it. Securely packaged. My husband installed it with just a little help from me. And, it is perfect.

5 out of 5

George Nelson Saucer Lamp

By: Judith B., Homeowner (Chapel Hill)

I finally bought this lamp after wanting it for years. I love it. It's very clean and elegant. YLiving shipped it fairly quickly, and a tech customer service person advised me on the length to hang it over the table. It took only minutes to hang. It takes a 150 bulb so with the dimmer I can go from lighting the whole room down to a softer dining light. I'll probably be back for more lights soon.

5 out of 5

2nd Lamp

By: N.H., Designer (New York)

I had this lamp before. Stole it from my office for home. Now I am returning the lamp to its rightful place by buying another one. 2 things; one, the lamp is great. A timeless addition to any environment. two, Yliving was great and prompt with the delivery. No issues whatsoever.

5 out of 5

This is a classic!

By: Matt K., Homeowner (Oak Park, IL)

Just bought and installed the Nelson saucer pendant lamp (medium) above our dining room table. This lamp is a timeless, design classic and is even more stunning in person. The very modest price point means you're going to see this lamp in homes and design magazines more often than not. But the price combined with its versatility and sheer organic beauty make it the perfect lighting/design element.

5 out of 5

I love it!

By: HappyLife, Homeowner (tx)

Midium size Saucer Lamp is perfect for my 36" dining table!

4 out of 5

Beautiful Light

By: Angela F., Homeowner (San Rafael, CA)

The Nelson Bubble Lamp is a beautiful design for our modern home, but would really fit with several styles of architecture.

5 out of 5

Wonderful Purchase !!

By: Jan, Designer (Bellevue, WA)

The lamp is great addition to pretty much any room in the house. It instantly adds the modern feeling to the room. YLiving has been a great place to shop. No tax is awesome..!!

4 out of 5

Beautiful design

By: Angela F., Homeowner

The Saucer Lamp fits perfectly in our modern style home, but could really add beauty to any home. The reason is for the 6 foot cord. We will need to order longer cord length with a plug, but that is only due to the design on our unique room lay out.

5 out of 5

Pretty

By: Michael J., Homeowner (Seattle )

This is the second Saucer Lamp we bought from Yliving. This is for the bed room, and it adds a soothing feels to the room. I feel it can calm me down when I look at it.

5 out of 5

Love it !!

By: Mike , Homeowner (Bothell, WA )

I bought the Saucer Lamp Medium for our bedroom. It's classic modern and perfect size hanging over our king size bed. I think this lamp will look great anywhere in the room.

5 out of 5

Very pleased with this piece!

By: Denise, Homeowner (Raleigh, NC)

Great accent piece for my eat in kitchen. Thrilled with its whimsical feel!

4 out of 5

Super Service - Great Lamp!

By: Gerald W., Homeowner (Fresno, California)

I've want to purchase another George Nelson Saucer Lamp for some time and I am very pleased with the service and quick shipping I received from YLiving.

5 out of 5

It completes the space

By: David W., Designer (Houston, Texas, usa)

I build cost efficient minimalistic modern dwellings. This fixture puts the right amount of pop in a room without overdoing it. I have used them in several homes.

5 out of 5

Classic design, clean looks, what else would you ask for?

By: T.M., Homeowner (Canoga Park, CA)

Package arrived in great condition. Super light. It took longer to remove the existing lamp then it took to install the Saucer Lamp. Installation was a cinch. The quality of the lamp is superb, and your eyes are drawn to it everytime you go into the kitchen. It complements the DSR Eames chairs we picked up earlier from Yliving. Keep up the great work yliving and thanks for your superior service.

5 out of 5

Timeless Piece Of Art

By: Ed, Homeowner (San Francisco)

We ordered the Nelson Saucer Lamp in a medium size to serve as the main light source in our living room and couldn't be happier. At first we had some trepidation as to whether the piece would work without hanging low over a table but it filled the space perfectly. You cannot see the bulb unless you stand directly under the fixture and crane your neck straight up. It brightens the room with a modern statement even when not illuminated. This is great design where form truly follows function

5 out of 5

Great looking pendant lamp

By: David M., Homeowner (West Palm Beach, fl)

Product arrived on time with no damage, packed very well. Easy to install. The saucer looks great over my white laminated dining room table. Bought the medium lamp, table is 36" diameter, do not recommend getting larger lamp for this size table. The medium is perfect size. Looks great in day time with light off and looks amazing at night with light on and dimmed. Highly recommend this lamp. Fun to look at.

5 out of 5

Great looking pendant lamp

By: David M., Homeowner (West Palm Beach, fl)

Product arrived on time with no damage, packed very well. Easy to install. The saucer looks great over my white laminated dining room table. Bought the medium lamp, table is 36" diameter, do not recommend getting larger lamp for this size table. The medium is perfect size. Looks great in day time with light off and looks amazing at night with light on and dimmed. Highly recommend this lamp. Fun to look at.

5 out of 5

Great product, great design, great price.

By: Content C., Homeowner (Los Angeles)

The lamps (I bought two) are every bit as good as I had hoped. We are very pleased with them, and think YLiving/YLighting was great through the order process. They were helpful, and had great follow-up with the manufacturer, not to mention the best price I could find.

5 out of 5

Great product! Totally changes the room.

By: Aubrey C., Homeowner (Dallas, Tx)

I have the saucer lamp in my master bathroom and it totally brightens up the space. I wish I had installed it 3 years ago when we bought our house.

4 out of 5

Only buy large Georgen Nelson bubble lamp!

By: Lady M., Homeowner (NYC)

I purchased a large Georgen Nelson bubble lamp. I would recommend to anyone that they purchase the large size, if their dining table seats 4 or more, as it's really a piece of sculpture and the larger size has a great impact. YLiving did a great job of packing this delicate piece and it arrived in perfect condition.

4 out of 5

This lamp has made my dinning room!

By: Laura D., Homeowner (Knoxville Tennessee)

The lamp puts out such a warm and inviting tone of light. I was also surprised at how much light one bulb puts out due to how the shade disburses the light in the room. What an amazing timeless design! I am very happy with this product and am so glad I purchased it!

5 out of 5

excellent product

By: Timothy S., Homeowner (hobe sound fl usa)

The saucer lamp was very well made. YLiving's service was excellent.

4 out of 5

Beautiful and modern

By: Daniel C. (Dallas, TX)

Excellent product, beautiful and functional, fits greatly our modern design

4 out of 5

Need A bigger saucer!

By: Julie M., Homeowner (Cardiff, CA)

I am currently remodeling a 70's townhouse and wanted to set the tone with a few signature pieces. The Nelson Saucer Lamp over the dining room table and the Cigar Lamp in the stair well hit the mark. However, having just seen the new Brad Pitt movie, Tree of Life, the large Nelson lamp over the dining room table in the film's mid-century modern home allowed me to see that I need a bigger Saucer. I ordered the medium and will now relocate it to the top of the stair landing and order a large Saucer for the dining room. Thank you Brad Pitt and YLiving for helping me to see and realize the Larger light!

5 out of 5

You want me to review this?

By: Brian T., Homeowner (Calabasas, CA)

Yeah, I'm pretty sure this one is gonna be a classic. (The workmanship on these new ones looks nicer than finding an old yellowed or pummeled original.)

5 out of 5

classic airy light

By: Alisa K., Designer (Chicago,Il,USA)

Love this light. Classic, airy, perfect for a transitional or contemporary setting

4 out of 5

Love the saucer lamp. I've wanted one for a long time and now I have it. Thank you George Nelson for designing it.

By: Lynn S., Homeowner (Round Rock, TX)

It looks awesome over my dining table. It is made from high quality material and will last for many years. It is a true midcentury modern piece. It wasn't very difficult for my husband to install it either.

5 out of 5

Gives the mid century modern look I wanted.

By: Roger N. (Palm Springs, CA)

Well made, as the original. Fast chipping received in excellent condition.

5 out of 5

product is the quality i expected, however service was less than.

By: Todd V., Homeowner (Grosse Pointe Michigan)

the product was delivered in perfect condition and was exactly what was ordered. the quality is what one would expect from a piece that has been around for 50+ years which proves that quality never goes out of style. this is the second order i've done with your company and both times the deliveries were made unexpectedly and without a shipping confirmation. the first one being a desk which required a last minute change in plans when i had expected to leave for a weekend then had to cancel to be home for the delivery truck and now these two large-ish boxes left on my porch. simple "your order has been shipped" e-mails are a very good thing when running a mail order company and can be very convenient for the purchaser. further, on the second order i sent an e-mail asking for an update and was told that the product was due to be shipped within just a few more days but upon returning home from work that very day i found the shipment on my porch.

5 out of 5

Classic & timeless design

By: Nick, Homeowner (Rochester NY, USA)

Having recently bought a ranch house with a handful of outdated fixtures, my wife & I took the opportunity to purchase a Nelson Bubble lamp as part of our update. We both find it's timeless design to be stunning and it's graceful light can be seen as we approach the house from our driveway. Y lighting is the best, and their customer service is pretty great as well.

George Nelson

Designer: George Nelson

When writing about the course of his remarkable 50-year career, George Nelson described a series of creative "zaps"--moments of out-of-the-blue inspiration "when the solitary individual finds he is connected with a reality he never dreamed of."

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.

Awards/Recognition
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.

- from HermanMiller.com

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