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Saucer Lamp

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps
$269.00
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  • Made in USA

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
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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Manufacturer Specifications
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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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Is a Sloped Ceiling Adaptor needed to mount these lamps from a 45 degree ceiling? If so, can you recommend a compatible adaptor?

Asked by: Cela
Good question! This is on a cord, not a rigid standoff. It will automatically hang straight (perpendicular to the floor) once installed. Thanks for reaching out. Please let us know if we can offer any additional clarification beyond this - we are happy to help! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service - 866.428.9289
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2015-07-16

how high off dining room table would you hang this??

Asked by: kumara
Great question! At least 3-4 feet above the table. It is advised to ensure it does not obstruct line of site of those sitting at the table. 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! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2015-07-22

Can this light fixture be installed on an existing track?

Asked by: SitzerSpuria
Great question! It can be modified; however, doing so may void the warranty for the lamp and the track system. If you chose to do so, you will need a suspension loop like the one from WAC lighting (http://www.ylighting.com/suspensionloop.html ) and we always recommend working with a certified electrician when modifying your fixtures. Please let us know if we can offer any additional clarification beyond this - we are happy to help! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2015-06-25

Hi, Can I use it for outdoor light? Is it waterproof ?

Asked by: Sunnyoung
Hey there! 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. We do offer several suitable alternatives! Feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209 and we are more than happy to go over some options with you. Thanks for reaching out to us! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2015-06-19

Hi, we are specifying the medium for a project, the landlord requires us to provide weight for all proposed lights. How much does the Nelson saucer medium weight? Thanks

Asked by: Yuki
Thanks for your question Yuki! These are fairly light weight fixtures ranging from 3 pounds to 36 pounds. The medium only weighs approximately 7 pounds! If you are interested in ordering other sizes instead; the small is 3 pounds, the large is 17 pounds, and the extra-large is 34 pounds. They are nice and light, yet have a beautiful and unique impact on the space they are in simply through design and size! Please let us know if we can offer any additional clarification beyond this - we are happy to some light on the subject! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2015-06-02

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: 2015-07-22

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: 2015-06-02

what country is this lamp manufactured in? Thank you. 

Asked by: paul P
Hey Paul P! These are made in the U.S.A.! Specifically of the George Nelson Bubble lamps are made in Michigan. They are made of a fibrous spray plastic that is durable, and can still be manipulated to look like paper. Feel free to give us a call if we can shed some more light on the subject! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2015-07-22
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