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Bubble Saucer Wall Sconce


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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 Wall Sconce 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.

Plug-in cord, on/off switch on the socket. Arm extends 20" from wall. 12 feet of cord with plug. Solid walnut backplate.


  • Diffuser: 7.5"H X 17.5"Dia X 20"Ext
  • Overall: 33.75"H X 28.25"Dia


Bulbs: 1 X 60W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)

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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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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 5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Beautiful, classic light.

This lamp is beautiful. It provides soft ambient light as well as good directional lighting for reading. The sconce version is perfect if you can't hang a ceiling fixture or don't have enough room for a table or floor lamp. The only caveat with this lamp is that it takes two people to install it. Otherwise, this light would've received a rating of five stars.

By:KDA , Homeowner (Indianapolis, IN)

5 out of 5
I've been waiting 3 years to buy this lamp and I finally gave it to myself for Christmas!

The bubble saucer wall sconce makes me feel like I'm on the set of MAD MEN. We had the original version in our living room in California in the Sixties and I always wanted another for my own home. I's elegant and simple design works in any modern decor. The quality is top-notch and it arrived in a very speedy fashion directly from the manufacturer.It took about 5 minutes to put up. I'm extremely happy with this lamp.

By:John M. , Homeowner (Sonoma,Ca,US)

5 out of 5
Looks great in our Eichler

This light is perfect for reading. We have it over our Eames lounger. We also use it to light the room with a softer light while watching movies etc.

The lamp has two ranges of motion. It swings in a 180 degree arc from its base. The height can be adjusted by feeding the cord through the armature. Ingenious.

The wall mount is made of solid beautiful wood that looks like walnut. The arm is nicely gauged aluminum. The chord is solid white and at least 6 feet long from the counter weight to the plug. The counter weight is metal. The pull switch has a walnut ball on the end. The pull has a satisfying feel and does not cause the lamp to wobble or move at all.

The lamp is mounted by two screws passing through two pre-drilled holes in the base.

You need two people to mount this or some way to hold the saucer and armature while you drill the wooden base in. The chord passes through the base and right over the mount holes. Getting it out of the way so you can drill the screws in is tricky. I marred the cord on the second drill.

Installation time with 2 bickering people, a laser level and a power drill was about 10 minutes. So its not hard to do at all.

By:Sylvette , Homeowner (Marin County)

5 out of 5
Not easy to hang, but once it's up it's beautiful!

By:Gary F. , Homeowner (CT)

5 out of 5

Very well built and timeless design. This lamp will be the envy of all who views it...

By:Rich M. , Designer (Colorado Springs CO USA)

5 out of 5
Best lamp ever!

I love this lamp, you cannot go wrong with Nelson design and American construction quality!

By:Rich M. , Designer (Colorado Springs CO USA)

5 out of 5
Great design

I love this lamp; I had one decades ago, which somehow disappeared over two moves. The pull was defective; but it was immediately replaced--and with perfect packing.

It is perfect for earthquake-prone California and perfect for apartment living.

By:Denise L N. , Renter

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