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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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Suggestions for kitchen pendants to coordinate with the George Nelson Saucer Lamp?  The other Nelson Pendants seem too wide.

Asked by: LisaM
Hi there. These bubble lamps are great because they are so versatile and work well in a number of environments. In a kitchen setting, it is common to group small, elongated pendants in linear arrangements over bars or islands in order to give symmetry to a space. If you want to go with a nice, clean, white pendant that would match the George Nelsons, there a several options to consider from Tech Lighting, Bruck, and Flos that are reasonably priced. Personally, I like the Cyrus Pendant Light, which has a lot of options for customization and can be installed along a track, which is also a very common design preference for kitchen areas. What you can do to explore a number of options is head to the "Rooms" tab on our site and specify "Dining and Kitchen" and then "Pendants." This is the best way to see the whole spectrum of pendant options in varying styles, shapes, and price points to best suit your space. Please let us know if we can offer any additional clarification beyond this - we are happy to help! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-03-13

Can this be used flush (or 1-2" below) the ceiling?

Asked by: lf45
Hi there, currently there is no recessed lighting adapter available for this unit. The small round ceiling canopy is 5.25" in diameter, and if you did want the unit to remain entirely flush with the ceiling unobtrusively, that would be something to coordinate with your electrician. Do give us a call if we can help out to answer any follow up questions you may have. These pendants are extremely versatile and are some of our highest-rated and best-selling lines! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-03-12

are the metallic parts chrome or brushed stainless?

Asked by: LSlp
Thanks for reaching out to us. The canopy and small metal hardware on the fixture are brushed nickel, and the canopy is 5.25" in diameter. Please let us know if we can provide any additional info! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-02-26

what is the diameter of the George Nelson Bubble lamp?

Asked by: xander
Thanks for your interest in this design. The dimensions of the various sizes of this fixture are as follows: Small: 7.5"H X 17.5"D, Medium: 9.5"H X 25"D, Large: 14"H X 36"D, Ceiling Plate: 5.25"D. Please let us know if we can offer any additional clarification beyond this - we are happy to help! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-02-24

Is the light pure white?  One photo looks like it's cream color.  

Asked by: Sparkey
This fixture requires a very standard E26 incandescent medium base bulb, which is common to find in any home department store and can be purchased along a whole spectrum of color temperatures. The bulb is not included, leaving the decision up to you regarding whether you would prefer a cool or a warm white. The shade itself is a pure white and not an off-white. 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 checking in! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2014-12-30

what kind of light does this give off? is it concentrated through the center bulb hole at the bottom?

Asked by: kiplinger
This fixture does provide a significant amount of light, but it is not directional light with a concentrated beam focused in one direction, as would be the case with task lighting. Rather, the light emanates out from the center of the fixture and provides a substantial glow from all around, especially the larger size with the higher wattage. 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: 2014-12-30

Is this price the American price and do you ship to Canada?

Asked by: Kenya
Yes the price is in US dollars and we do ship to Canada. International shipping and tax rates do apply, and because we have to route all Canadian orders through our warehouse in Virginia, the delivery process can be extended a bit. Be advised that we cannot accept international returns, unless of course something arrives damaged. 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 reaching out to us! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2014-12-16

How long is the cord? I need 7 feet. 

Asked by: Heena
While the small, medium, and large sizes come equipped with 6 feet of cord, the extra large comes with 9 feet. 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 at 866.842.6209 and we can assist you. Thanks for contacting us! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2014-12-15
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