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Saucer Lamp

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps
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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
Handcrafted in Michigan, U.S.A. by Modernica.

Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp Saucer 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.

For dimensions, please click on schematic diagram. Brushed nickel canopy. Each pendant comes with 6 feet of wire that can be field shortened. The small model uses 1 X 60W max medium base incandescent bulb and the medium and large use 1 X 150W max medium base.

Express shipping is not available on this item. UL Listed.

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
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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Manufacturer Specifications
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Item Number
BUB-SAUCER

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

Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp Saucer 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.

For dimensions, please click on schematic diagram. Brushed nickel canopy. Each pendant comes with 6 feet of wire that can be field shortened. The small model uses 1 X 60W max medium base incandescent bulb and the medium and large use 1 X 150W max medium base.

Express shipping is not available on this item. UL Listed.

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. Our 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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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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The saucer lamp fits perfectly in my modern European house. I am a recent arrival to the US and in the process of renovating an older house. I love a clean European look but it is proving very difficult to find modern replacements for most things. I am delighted to have found Ylighting and have already bought several light fittings. The latest is the saucer lamp which looks great above a low coffee table where it complements my black granit/stainless steel fireplace and retro furniture. The delivery was quick but I was a bit worried when I saw the condition of the box. Fortunately the lamp was not damaged. Perhaps you should use a sturdier box. I look forward to buying further lamps for the rest of the house
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Nelson saucer lamp enhances the midcentury modern style of our home. After reading all the reviews posted, I can only add the following. I was very disappointed that it took over a week to process the order. Once I finally received the shipping confirmation, I received the Nelson saucer in a timely manner & intact. It was easy to install but did outgas an odor for about 10 days. Here is my big tip for those who also purchased the small saucer & were unhappy with the low light level. Switch to the new LED 60 watt equivalent. It gives off a much brighter light, has a long life & saves energy. My wife & I are thrilled with our purchase! We wanted to installed a medium saucer but the ceiling fixture was too close to a corner to do so.
Date published: 2011-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome iconic lamp that was the cherry on top of my nursery! The customer service alone will make me come back for another lighting purchase. Great service when I called to figure out the size lamp I should purchase according to my room dimensions for my nursery. I called because I read other reviews that did the same thing. At first I was trying to google how to pick the right size chandelier for a bedroom, until your company suggested a medium saucer lamp for a 11'x15' room with 9' high ceilings. Perfect! And I LOVE how it looks in my mid century modern rustic cowboy nursery! Can't wait to find my next piece for the entry. Thank you for excelling in customer service from decision, to sale price, to delivery. Great company!
Date published: 2013-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent light and solid construction The saucer lamp converted my dining room from what felt like an interrogation room to a subtle and comfortable warm glow. The construction of the lamp is simple and solid. The canopy is equally simple and elegant in it's design. The ample (5+foot) of cord was more than enough to wire into the existing box. The price is appropriate given the timeless contemporary design. The 17" saucer fits a moderately sized dining room comfortably (10' x 14' x 8') hanging approximately 1.5 feet from the ceiling. The horizontal orientation of the saucer accentuates a dining room nicely and casts soft shadows and also provides light back to the ceiling. Use with a dimmer for best results.
Date published: 2012-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the glow and look of this light! We installed this light fixture in our new dining room -- in other words the new dining room is still being finished, and this and the ceiling are the only things ready so far -- and still, I love to walk in and just take a look at the light as it hangs (over the soon-to-come dining room table) At first I thought the large size would be too big for the room but soon realized that it commands attention in a soft way because of the material it is made of and the nice, soft glow that it gives off. We can't wait to see it in its full element when the furniture is in and the rest of the walls are finished and painted.
Date published: 2008-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love the glow and look of this light! We installed this light fixture in our new dining room -- in other words the new dining room is still being finished, and this and the ceiling are the only things ready so far -- and still, I love to walk in and just take a look at the light as it hangs (over the soon-to-come dining room table) At first I thought the large size would be too big for the room but soon realized that it commands attention in a soft way because of the material it is made of and the nice, soft glow that it gives off. We can't wait to see it in its full element when the furniture is in and the rest of the walls are finished and painted.
Date published: 2008-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great service, gorgeous lamp! Nelson lamps by Modernica are offered on several websites, but I got the best service from YLighting, and therefore decided to buy from them. I was concerned about the amount of light, the color of the light and all sorts of nit picky questions that one might have before making a big purchase. The "lighting specialist" talked me through everything and really knew what he was talking about. The return policy is better than other vendors, but I don't want to return this lamp. The Saucer lamp is absolutely stunning. We love looking at it when it's turned on, or off, because it's really a scuptural work of art. It puts off a ton of light, but it's nicely diffused. We're very happy!
Date published: 2011-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from George Nelson lives in my house. After recently purchasing a single family home in Boston, my wife and I started replacing all the hideous light fixtures. One of the first to go was a crystal chandelier hanging in part of the huge living room, just past the foyer. The space needed something dramatic (perhaps that's why the former owners felt compelled to hand something that looked like a massive version of Charo's earrings). The debate over what to place there didn't last long. As soon as I said "Nelson bubble lamp," a light went on (somewhat ironically) over both of our heads. We purchased a medium classic bubble lamp, and it looks spectacular. And best of all, Charo no longer comes by looking for lost jewelry.
Date published: 2012-08-27
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Does the lamp include all electrical cord & plate for ceiling?

Asked by: Lizm
Yes, the circular, white 5.25" D canopy is included along with the socket set and 6 feet of adjustable white cording. Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-04-20

I am unsure what size medium is. I have a main entrance 2.7metres high,x 2.8 longx2.10 wide. The large French doors are 2.1metres high.

Asked by: Mazzy
Hi there, the dimensions for the medium are as follows: 9.5"H X 25" in diameter. A medium size would likely be the best bet for a space this size, seeing as the large size may make the space feel a bit too crowded with a 36" diameter. Thanks for your interest! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-04-15

Can you use the lamps in an outdoor setting?

Asked by: Elvis
So sorry, but these lamps are only designed for indoor applications because the electrical components (socket set/cording) are not rubber coated and would be completely exposed to rain. Also, the shade is made of a material that would not hold up well in the elements. Typically if a pendant or other fixture can be installed outside, there will be a little "wet rated" tag line under the specifications tab on the product page. Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-04-07

How do you change the bulb in these fixtures.

Asked by: Bamboo
Hello, the bubble shade can carefully twist and detach from the socket and cording components, allowing you to access the standard E26 incandescent bulb on the inside. Diagrams of the installation and replacement process come with the fixture. Thanks for reaching out! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-04-03

I just purchased a medium saucer lamp from you all ,and I would like a metal extension  rod to cover the white cord . You have several extension rods on your website and they all seem to be pretty much the same but would one brand work better than the bot

Asked by: 78703
Hi there, so glad you like your new lamp! The trouble is, the extension rods that we carry on our site are mostly down rod extensions for fans or pendants, meaning that they are pretty heavy and clunky, and are designed to screw into the existing stems on a pendant or fan. Because this style bubble lamp was not designed with a metal rod extension in mind, we do not actually carry something that would meet this need. My best advice would be to go to a local home department store near you and have them cut a metal, hollow rod to the exact length that you need (rather than trying to piece many shorter down rods together). This would be a lot cheaper as well, and would not weigh the pendant down or cause damage to the shade. I do apologize for that inconvenience, but go ahead and let us know if we can offer any additional clarification moving forward! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-03-30

good evening, I am interested in purchasing large GN saucer lamp. I live in Scotland UK. Are all fittings compatible with UK fittings?   Thank you

Asked by: Lorna
Hello there, and thanks for your interest in this popular design. I do apologize for the inconvenience, but due to the contracts that we currently maintain with our manufacturers, we are unable to ship anywhere outside of the US and Canada at this time, meaning that all of our fixtures are wired either along 120V or 277V for US residential and commercial applications, respectively. We hope you are able to find a local retailer that meets your design needs, especially because these George Nelson lamps have become staples in modern design worldwide. There likely is a retailer a bit closer to home that carries the fixtures pre-wired to accommodate a European voltage. Thanks for reaching out to us, and do not hesitate to contact us again if you would like any additional clarification! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-03-25

I have sloped ceiling in my dining room and is this lamp will work?

Asked by: gong
Hi there, yep this lamp will certainly be compatible on a sloped ceiling, and the cording is adjustable as well. Thanks for contacting us! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-03-24

Which size do you recommend over a dining table that is about 40 x 72 ? Also how does one clean the lamp? I am also interested in the logico ceiling lamp for over the dining table. I believe it is in an opaque glass. Which do you recommend?

Asked by: Linda Aboody
There are some pros and cons to each option. In terms of actual light output the Logico by Artemide will offer more brightness for your guests with three 100W incandescent bulbs rather than one 150W bulb as the George Nelson has, and the linear design may be more compatible with a rectangular dining table. On the other hand, the George Nelson is a bit more affordable and is easier to clean with a mild, non chemical-based soap and water, as it lacks the crevices and hard to reach places of the Logico. If you'd like to talk through this one, or get some additional information and resources before committing to anything, please give us a call at 866.842.6209 and we are more than happy to go over some options with you. Thanks for reaching out to us! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-03-24
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