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Saucer - Criss Cross Lamp

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps
$325.00
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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.

The Criss Cross Saucer Lamp has an internal steel structure with criss cross pattern. 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.

Dimensions
  • Small: 17.5" D X 7.5" H
  • Medium: 25" D X 9.5" H
  • Ceiling Plate: 5.25" Dia
  • 6 feet of field-adjustable cord
Material(s)
Polymer, steel
Lamp Type
INCANDESCENT
Bulbs
  • Small: 1 X 60W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)
  • Medium: 1 X 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)
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UL
Notes
Made in the U.S.A.
Item Number
BUB-SAUCER-CC
Model(s)
SAUCER-CC

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.

The Criss Cross Saucer Lamp has an internal steel structure with criss cross pattern. 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.

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 5 out of 5 by from Perfect size and light for the dining area This is my first time purchasing a product from YLiving and overall I am quite satisfied. Compared to another online store, the price is better and Yliving offers free shipping on top of no tax so I feel like I saved a lot of $$. I was concerned whether the small size would fit in my dining area but when it arrived and opened the box, it was perfect. I have about 8 x 8 dining area that is connected from kitchen and open to rest of the living room. Install was fairly easy and the lamp gives out perfect amount of light and ambience for the area. It looks modern, sleek yet modest enough so keeps nice balance with rest of my furnitures in the area.
Date published: 2013-02-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great fit! Picked this saucer lamp to light up the master bedroom. This lamp does well providing wide light without using a lot of height. I used a soft white light to accentuate the lines. It gives off a very moody light. Finally I converted the pendant lamp to plug in by ordering extra cord from modernica and a plug from home depot. Was not hard to rewire once I figured out how to loosen the socket. Wished it came with this option. Very happy with the product and service from yliving!
Date published: 2012-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent choice for our dining area We were looking for a light fixture for our dining area for a very long time, and finally decided on George Nelson criss-cross saucer. It fits our MCM decor perfectly and it compliments the other George Nelson items we have throughout the house. Plus, the fixture is very light-weight, which was important for us (due to certain ceiling limitations); yet it doesn't look cheap, and guests comment on it all the time.
Date published: 2011-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful addition to any space, the Saucer Criss Cross Lamp is a classic. The Criss Cross adds a bit of geometric interest to the mid-century iconic Nelson bubble lamp. Proportions are perfect for over a dining table, and the quality of light filtered through the material stretched over the frame is soft, warm and inviting. Subtle and versatile, this lamp can enhance a variety of types of spaces, from contemporary to transitional to traditional. I'd give it more stars if I could.
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my Nelson lamp! Although this lamp is very delicate, the beauty it brings to a room is just wonderful. The distinct illumination you get from this pendant is like no other. We added a dimmer, so it enables us to change the lighting based on the mood we want to bring to the room. We are thinking about getting another Nelson lamp for our bedroom because we like it so much!
Date published: 2012-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Timeless classic Such a classic! I've always loved this timeless piece. It's modern yet warm, and it goes with any room. I bought it for our guest bedroom, where it looks very classy. I'm thinking about moving it to our dining room at some point... but for now, I'm enjoying the current setup. The quality is great and definitely worth the price.
Date published: 2013-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic fixture We bought this bubble lamp to hang in our daughters' nursery. The small size fixture only takes a 60-watt bulb so if you have a room w/o much natural light, this is probably better as an accent light vs. the main light source. Either way, looks great w/ mid-century decor and really changes the feel of the room.
Date published: 2013-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, Elegant, Beautiful. A timeless classic. We just love the look of this lamp over our dining room table. It also give off just the right amount light without being too bright. It has a timeless design that would add beauty to any room. I highly recommend this product. I want one for every room of the house!
Date published: 2012-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this lamp I love this George Nelson bubble lamp. Super classic, way cool looking, and the price was right (I waited for one of their many sales). It arrived in a timely manner without hassle. Definitely not my last purchase with yliving.
Date published: 2015-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Saucer Lamp is hanging and is perfectly stunning. It has an understaded elegancy; it is classic. I am keeping it covered in the original plastic bag it arrived in - to keep it fresh while we finish working on our remodel. Can't wait to remove the wrap. It is sturdy for as "soft" as it appears and has a crisp appearance.
Date published: 2012-08-13
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Saucer - Criss Cross Lamp is rated 4.841 out of 5 by 239.
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What type of bulb does the medium take?

Asked by: Valerie1
Thanks for your interest in this fixture. The medium size requires a 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent bulb, which is common to find in any home department store. Should you need 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

Can I interchange a CFL bulb with the incandescent bulb called for with this fixture? (George Nelson Bubble pendants lamps)

Asked by: Bunny Marie
Good question! You certainly can use a CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) bulb in place of an incandescent bulb. As long as they have the same type of lamp base and does not exceed the 120v or equivalent; CFL and Incandescent are interchangeable. These require a standard medium screw in base. Unlike the specialty bulbs many of our fixtures require; these bulbs can be conveniently found at your favorite local hardware or big box retailer as part of their general bulb selection, or through several online retailers such as bulbs.com and 1000bulbs.com. I hope that shed some light on the subject! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2016-02-02

Can I use an LED bulb in this light fixture?

Asked by: Janine
Thanks for your interest in this design. Although the fixture is intended for an incandescent bulb, you can certainly use an LED bulb of a complementary wattage that has an E26 medium base, which makes it compatible with the socket. LEDs do have the advantage of not generating heat, increasing the lifespan of the bulb and requiring very little maintenance. 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

How do you maintain the material for this light (how do you clean it and how often does it need to be cleaned)? Thank you.

Asked by: Janine
Cleaning this shade is a relatively easy process. Make sure to stay away from harsh cleaning solutions that contain ammonia because the chemicals could damage and discolor the shade. For routine cleaning, just use a soft rag or a handheld feather duster like a Swiffer that would collect and lock in any dust that accumulates on the surface. To remove grime with a deeper clean, you may use lukewarm water and a bit of mild soap. Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2016-02-02

I would need 10-15 feet of cord:  what can I do

Asked by: brice
If you need to order additional cording, we would enter that as a custom invoice through our parts department. Parts inquiries are handled via email. Send a quick email to parts@ylighting.com with your name, best contact information, and the part you are hoping to replace. Make sure to reference the original fixture as well, so that the process goes a bit faster. From there, our parts team will create a custom invoice for you and reach out to the manufacturer directly for pricing and availability. You can call in payment at a later time. We look forward to your email, and thanks for contacting us! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2016-02-02

What is the height and diameter of the lamp? What size max. bulb will it hold?

Asked by: Nicholas Russiyan
Hi there, the dimensions and bulb info for each of the sizes is as follows: Small: 17.5" D X 7.5" H 60W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp Medium: 25" D X 9.5" H 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp Thanks for reaching out to us! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2016-02-02

Can you use LED lamps with this fixture?

Asked by: Ridgeview
You can use any lamp with an E26 base as long as you don't exceed the recommended wattage. If you have additional questions, we are happy to help! Brian, YLiving Customer Support 866-842-6209
Answered by: Brian CS
Date published: 2015-04-10

Since incandescent bulbs are being phased out, I wonder if this lamp take a newer LED type bulb?

Asked by: Zindergirl
Certainly! Incandescent compatible LED Bulbs are becoming very popular and easier to find. If you get the small you will want to find 60 Watt Incandescent Equiv., 10 Watt, 120 Volt LED A-19 Bulb and if you are interested in the medium or large you will want to find a 100 Watt or 150 Watt Equiv., 15 Watt, 120 Volt LED A-21 Bulb. These can be found at your local hardware store, specialty lighting store or through several online retailers such as bulbs.com or 1000bulbs.com. Thanks for reaching out! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2016-02-02

How close to the ceiling can I hang the small bubble saucer lamp. My guest room ceiling is not that high so I would want the fixture as close to the ceiling as practical.

Asked by: Lindy
Hi there Lindy! These are incandescent, so there is not a limit to how short or long the cable is adjusted. The cable is field adjustable and can be shorted to allow at least 7.5 feet of clearance in a bedroom! Be sure to visit the "specifications" tab on this product page and download the PDF manufacturer spec sheet by clicking on the provided link in order to access some visual aids and product diagrams that may be helpful as well. Feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209 should you need further clarification or would like to speak to a Product Specialist directly and we can assist you. Thanks for reaching out to us! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2016-02-02

HOW MUCH CORD COMES WITH THESE LIGHTS?

Asked by: RENEEk
Hello, and thanks for the question. The George Nelson Bubble Lamps come standard with 6 feet of cord. This cord can be cut to your desired length by your electrician. If you need more cord than that, we can order it for you! Simply call one of our seasoned sales people who can help you place an order. Please let us know if you have any further questions or need assistance with your product choices. Brian - YLiving Customer Support 866-842-6209
Answered by: Brian CS
Date published: 2015-07-06
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