Design by George Nelson, 1947.
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.
Lamp Type: INCANDESCENT
Bulbs: 1 X 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)
Manufacturer Specifications: Click to download specifications.
Instructions: Click to download instructions.
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.See other lights/products from George Nelson
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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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
I really love the george nelson bubble lamps. They are fun and modern and work well in groupings.
By:Leslie R. , Homeowner (Parker, Colorado)
Great lamp, good service
We love this lamp, and the service was helpful and quick.
By:Erin , Homeowner (Brooklyn, NY)
The Propeller Lamp is an elegant form with functionality.
The shape and construction of this Propeller Lamp make it a beautiful hanging sculpture.
By:swax , Homeowner (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
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)
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)
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)
Perfect for any modern space!
By:Lauren C , Homeowner (Riverside, CT)
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)
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)
Great product at price point
Pros - retro contemporary, easy install (light electric), gives off great glow
By:Natalie , Homeowner (United States)
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)
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)
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)
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)
It is beautiful
I just live this light
By:Afsaneh L. , Renter (New York)
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)
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)
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)
By:Nicholas L. (Portland, Oregon)
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)
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)
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)
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).
By:Danny , Homeowner (Utah)
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