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Saucer Lamp

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps
$295.00
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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.

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
  • 6 feet of field-adjustable cord
Material(s)
Plastic, Steel
Lamp Type
INCANDESCENT
Bulbs
  • Small: 1 X 60W 120V medium base incandescent lamp (not included)
  • Medium/Large: 1 X 150W 120V medium base incandescent lamp (not included)
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BUB-SAUCER

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.

George Nelson Bubble Lamps

Mid-century classics designed by George Nelson. George Nelson Bubble Lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Modernica produces the classic Bubble Lamps according to George Nelson's 1947 specifications using the original Howard Miller tooling.

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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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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Need A bigger saucer! 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!
Date published: 2011-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great looking pendant lamp 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.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic for a reason 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.
Date published: 2013-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a classic! 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.
Date published: 2013-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless Piece Of Art 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
Date published: 2012-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great looking pendant lamp 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.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this pendant light!! 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.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic design, clean looks, what else would you ask for? 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.
Date published: 2012-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from George Nelson Saucer Lamp 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.
Date published: 2013-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic & timeless design 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.
Date published: 2010-10-25
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Saucer Lamp is rated 4.8326 out of 5 by 705.
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Are the saucer lamps sturdy? Is the plastic covering quite thick? Do you ship free to australia? Thanks

Asked by: Vicki
These saucer lamps have sturdy hardware, but are lightweight enough for quick installation. They are some of our highest rated products. Unfortunately, due to the contractual relationships that we maintain with our vendors, we are unable to ship anywhere outside of the US and Canada. We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope you are able to find a local retailer that carries this line, because they really are great fixtures! Thanks for contacting us. Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2016-02-02

is this fixture dimmable? i want to put in a LED color changing bulb

Asked by: josh11
Cool idea! Yes, these fixtures do offer a dimmable option. This is one of best-selling lines, and they are consistently rated highly for quality and longevity. We hope you love it! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2016-02-02

How long is the cord? I need 7 feet. 

Asked by: Heena
While the small, medium, and large sizes come equipped with 6 feet of cord, the extra large comes with 9 feet. Should you require some additional clarification beyond this and would like to speak to a product specialist directly, feel free to give us a call at 866.842.6209 and we can assist you. Thanks for contacting us! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2016-02-02

How wide is the hole opening at the bottom of the lamp (for the small size)...and is this the same for small, med & large?

Asked by: Itchyku
Hey there Itchyku! The hole opening is the same for all sizes of the George Nelson BUB Saucer Lamps from Modernica. It has a diameter of 3-3/4" creating a focused spot light and still allowing the saucer to evenly diffuse the light for the general space. Thanks for reaching out! YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2016-02-02

Does the hang down cord come in longer lengths if needed?

Asked by: Harleyfxrs
Hi there. Absolutely, this pendant can be ordered with longer lengths. That would be a custom invoice and would be handled through our Sales team over the phone, who would communicate with the manufacturer directly for pricing and lead time. Thank you for getting in touch! YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2016-02-02

Is the light pure white?  One photo looks like it's cream color.  

Asked by: Sparkey
This fixture requires a very standard E26 incandescent medium base bulb, which is common to find in any home department store and can be purchased along a whole spectrum of color temperatures. The bulb is not included, leaving the decision up to you regarding whether you would prefer a cool or a warm white. The shade itself is a pure white and not an off-white. Should you require some additional clarification beyond this and would like to speak to a product specialist directly, feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209 and we can assist you. Thanks for checking in! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2016-02-02

Is this price the American price and do you ship to Canada?

Asked by: Kenya
Yes the price is in US dollars and we do ship to Canada. International shipping and tax rates do apply, and because we have to route all Canadian orders through our warehouse in Virginia, the delivery process can be extended a bit. Be advised that we cannot accept international returns, unless of course something arrives damaged. Should you require some additional clarification beyond this and would like to speak to a product specialist directly, feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209 and we can assist you. Thanks for reaching out to us! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2016-02-02

what kind of light does this give off? is it concentrated through the center bulb hole at the bottom?

Asked by: kiplinger
This fixture does provide a significant amount of light, but it is not directional light with a concentrated beam focused in one direction, as would be the case with task lighting. Rather, the light emanates out from the center of the fixture and provides a substantial glow from all around, especially the larger size with the higher wattage. Should you require some additional clarification beyond this and would like to speak to a product specialist directly, feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209 and we can assist you. Thanks for contacting us! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2016-02-02

What is the size and how long is the cord. We would need three sizes for a lobby.

Asked by: Maria Arsuaga
Thanks for reaching out Maria! The sizes vary in height and diameter for the saucer lamps, but they all have the same size opening and come with a ceiling plate that is 5.25 inches in diameter. The dimensions are as follows: Dimensions • Small: 7.5"H X 17.5"Diameter • Medium: 9.5"H X 25"Diameter • Large: 14"H X 36"Diameter The small, medium, and large sizes of the George Nelson Saucer Lamps come with 6 feet of cord and the extra-large comes with 9 feet of cord. They are all field adjustable by your certified electrician. You can also order extra cording at a small additional cost per foot. Modernica does not rewire in house. This means that if you need a 12 foot long cable, you would order the size lamp as it comes from stock and 12 additional feet of cable to be added. It makes it easy to use these in any combination for almost any space commercial or residential! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2016-02-02

I would be hanging this fixture over my dinning table.  But on the wall to the left is a beautiful painting, Do you think that the Wire and the lamp in front of this would take away the look, because there is a pot light in front of this on a dimmer?

Asked by: Shirley
That's a great question. The George Nelson Saucer Lamp comes with a white wire. Depending on the color of your walls and the painting, this could blend in, or be a little distracting against darker colors. Also, the light given off by the Saucer Lamp is somewhat diffused by the shade so the light will hopefully accent the space and not distract from the painting. This is one of our most popular and highly rated fixtures, so we are confident this could work for your space. Our product specialists are always here to give you further design advise, and if you decide this will not work for you, they have plenty of ideas for you to consider. Call us anytime at the number below! Brian YLiving Customer 866-842-6209
Answered by: Brian CS
Date published: 2015-02-27
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