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Propeller Lamp


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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
Handcrafted in Michigan, U.S.A. by Modernica.

Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp Propeller Pendant is a tried-and-true standard of the modern vocabulary. George Nelson designed the first lamps in 1947. These lamps, with their simple sculptural shapes, are constructed of an innovative taut plastic that coats a steel wire-frame. Nelson's unique design and ingenious use of materials prove to eliminate glare and provide an abundant, yet diffused light. A quality which alone is unique to this material.

From the forming of the wire-frame, to the spraying of the vinyl form, one-by-one, each Bubble Lamp is constructed to last decades and each Bubble Lamp is built to George Nelson?s original specifications. These famous lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Brushed nickel canopy. Each pendant comes with 6 feet of wire that can be field shortened.


  • Overall: 14"H X 21"Dia
  • Ceiling Plate: 5.25"Dia


Bulbs: 1 X 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)

Listing: UL

Manufacturer Specifications: Click to download specifications.

Instructions: Click to download instructions.

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."

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 anti-human." 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.

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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George Nelson Bubble Lamps

A mid-century classic, the Bubble Lamp was first designed by George Nelson in 1947 and was produced by Howard Miller starting in the early 1950s and ending in 1979. The supplier has reissued the Nelson Bubble Lamps to the original specifications, using the original Howard Miller tooling. These famous lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5
we love it

we love the nelson propellor lamp and are so happy to have found it at y lighting. it looks beautiful in our new kitchen!

By:seth g. , Homeowner (chicago, il, usa)

5 out of 5
quirky and luminous

If you've got a big space/tall ceiling for this one, it is just great with a soft luminous feeling.

By:RD , Homeowner (Norwich VT)

5 out of 5
Beautiful Product

This product is Beautiful! Very well made it will be a great accent for our clients' Master Dressing Room.

By:Lisa M. , Architect (Pleasantville, NY)

5 out of 5
A masterpiece.

This lamp must be physically seen to fully appreciate the exquisite design. The flow of the form, around itself makes you change location to take in the complete design. The shipping was incredibly fast and ordering could not have been more expedient.

By:Cliff S. , Designer (Westerville, Ohio)

5 out of 5
Classic Light sheds new light on 50's dining room

This Nelson Bubble Lamp was the perfect solution I was looking for to replace my run down fixture in my dining room. It truely shedded new light on the space. You can't go wrong with this product or any of the other designs.

By:Chad , Architect (Boulder, Colorado, USA)

4 out of 5
Great fixture

I really love the george nelson bubble lamps. They are fun and modern and work well in groupings.

By:Leslie R. , Homeowner (Parker, Colorado)

5 out of 5
Great lamp, good service

We love this lamp, and the service was helpful and quick.

By:Erin , Homeowner (Brooklyn, NY)

5 out of 5
The Propeller Lamp is an elegant form with functionality.

The shape and construction of this Propeller Lamp make it a beautiful hanging sculpture.
Instructions for hanging were simple and the package in which it arrived was sturdy and protected the lamp well.

By:swax , Homeowner (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

5 out of 5
Simply Beautiful!

I found it very easy to install, instructions were easy to follow. The lamp is so beautiful when installed.

By:Juergen R. , Homeowner (Campbell, CA)

4 out of 5
Lovely, clean lamp with character.

I like the propeller because it's different and more unique than the other Nelson lamps, which tend to be more common.

By:Garrett L. , Homeowner (Brooklyn)

5 out of 5
A tour de force- classic, yet fresh.

The propeller lamp added brilliance to a simple room and we received wonderful service from Ylighting.

By:Nancy , Designer (New Orleans, LA)

3 out of 5
Perfect for any modern space!

By:Lauren C , Homeowner (Riverside, CT)

4 out of 5
one word -- beautiful

timeless and classic. looks amazing when hung, definitely makes a statement. if you like clean simple lines, you can't go wrong with the propeller. box got wet from rain but inside was well packaged with plastic. there was a small half-inch rust colored blemish on the lamp, most of it came off with a damp cloth.

By:Homeowner , Homeowner (california)

5 out of 5
love it!

very excited about getting is light into place. we are currently building a home so it hasn't been hung yet. looks awesome from the box.

By:Teri W. , Homeowner (Omaha, NE)

4 out of 5
Great product at price point

Pros - retro contemporary, easy install (light electric), gives off great glow

Con - pacakaging could be much better, first one arrived damaged. It was handled quickly and proffeesionally

By:Natalie , Homeowner (United States)

5 out of 5
Excellent Lamp

The included cable is long enough to work in rooms with high (13'-15') ceilings and can, of course, be shortened.

By:Eric , Renter (New York, NY)

5 out of 5
Great focal point for a room

I love this lighting fixture. The pictures do not do it justice.

By:Agnes B. , Homeowner (Boothwyn Pa 19061)

5 out of 5
Timeless Design

The light quality from this lamp is soft and beautiful. The look is timeless. Its made from top quality materials as well. It has inspired me to purchase more from the collection in the future.

By:Michael H. , Homeowner (Los Angeles)

5 out of 5
Excellent and attractive.

Pictures do not do this fixture justice. The "propellers" are more pronounced than photos show. We have bubble fixtures in both of our sons rooms.

By:Derek , Homeowner (La Crosse, WI)

5 out of 5
It is beautiful

I just live this light

By:Afsaneh L. , Renter (New York)

5 out of 5
Perfect for my mid-century modern kitchen.

The Nelson Propeller Lamp looks amazing whether it's on or off!

By:Craig O. , Homeowner (Edina, MN)

5 out of 5
A timeless modern classic.

The propeller lamp was the final piece of the puzzle in our bedroom. We love it. Ylighting has a great website. Product was shipped promptly and packaged very well. We will definitely be using ylighting in the future.

By:Michael A. , Homeowner (Muskegon, MI USA)

5 out of 5
Wonderful suspension fixture - Propellor Lamp

GREAT lamp. The 150 watts means you get LIGHT (so many bad fixtures these days don't illuminate except downwards)
It's easy to have on a dimmer, giving you a huge range, and the light is 360 degrees and diffused. I have it in my office and it's perfect.

Plus it's a great sculptural presence when it's not lit, I love the shape.

By:Nicholas L. (Portland, Oregon)

5 out of 5
Mid-century Perfection

The perfect dining room fixture to complete a mid century remodel. Tons of warm light in an iconic design.

By:Matt F , Homeowner (Minneapolis, MN)

5 out of 5

We have the Propeller Lamp as well as the Saucer Lamp, and couldn't be happier. This is an absolutely beautiful lamp, that is great for a really high ceiling. It's a true piece of art!!

By:Molly , Homeowner (Melrose, MA)

5 out of 5
Unique Nelson lamp, puts out great light!

We have several saucer and cigar shaped lamps, and we love them! But we decided to try the more unique Propeller for a bedroom. Lamp arrived to us on time and in perfect condition. Packaging for all Bubble lamps we have bought is excellent. We installed it using a 150 watt bulb and dimmer switch. Perfect for our room! The George Nelson Bubble Lamps are well made, not a cheap knockoff. A timeless product that will last many years, we will not get tired of it.

By:George H. , Homeowner (MI)

5 out of 5
Illuminates the Senses

My aesthetic is mildly modern, I own a few popular mid-century pieces such as the Eames lounge, a case study rocker and tulip table. I find that these pieces are timeless and mix well with just about any interior design, they are not strictly for modern interiors. I've now added the George Nelson Propeller lamp in my kitchen dining nook right over my tulip table, I'm pleased to report it looks awesome. The lamp has a beautiful glow with my white light CFL and catches the eye even unlit during the day. It truly is a fascinating piece, so much so my wife who doesn't care much for modern design insisted on ordering another one ( CC Saucer - also a wonderful eye catcher).

To add to this, I would imagine like myself most buyers are going to wonder if this item is worth the cost. That's a legitimate question, the lamp is wonderful, does it look like it costs $300+... I'm not going to lie, someone uninformed will probably ask if you got it at Ikea. That being said its very well constructed and I like that its made in Michigan just like they made them over 60 years ago. For me I appreciate the design and detail that Modernica has put into the George Nelson lamps, so I have no regret about paying what I did since it brings a positive feeling when ever I view it.

Installation took about 30 minutes with removal of my old lamp, very easy compared to some other lamp installations that I have done over the years.

By:Danny , Homeowner (Utah)

5 out of 5
Great Light

Love this classic light. Gives off the perfect glow.

By:Claudesnyc , Designer (New York, NY)

5 out of 5
Great Light Fixture!

We have a cluster for 7 nelson bubble lamps in the entry of our apartment complex lobby and they look fabulous.

By:Anonymous , Designer (Wilmington, NC)

4 out of 5
Looks and performs great!

Very happy with purchase, adds great dimension to the living room and is functional.

By:Jamie , Homeowner (Pittsburgh, PA)

4 out of 5
Perfect for our master bedroom, great price point!

When I was considering a pendant light for our master bedroom, the architect recommended this one. It looks great in the large master bedroom and you can't beat the price.

By:SWH , Homeowner (Rural CT)

5 out of 5
I love it.

I have traditional furniture in a modern building and this pendant lamp is perfect. Ties it all together in it's subtle and sophisticated shape and size. Also has a beautiful glow when on at night.

By:Esther W. , Renter (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

5 out of 5
Perfect for our space

Completely satisfied. When we saw it in Chicago we knew we had to have it and it fits perfectly in our home. Now time to do the guest room!

By:Christiaan , Homeowner (vancouver, BC)

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