Design by George Nelson, circa 1950.
A magnum opus from the innovative George Nelson Office. The Half-Nelson lamp is a definitive example of George Nelson's visionary design. Stripped down into the most essential shapes, Nelson playfully transforms a cylinder, rod and discus into an enduring work of art.
The Half-Nelson utilizes a pivoting shade, which is adjustable both left, right, up and down - giving it the ability to direct light in all directions. The cylinder base and disc are both constructed of black powder-coated aluminum, while the underside of the disc is power-coated white. The stem connecting the two is made chromed-aluminum. The on/off switch, located on the cylinder, is built of machine-anodized aluminum.
George Nelson originally designed Half-Nelson for a large-scale design project, Holiday House. Holiday House was a commissioned design vacation home for a magazine of the same name. The house was built in 1950 on the southern coast of Long Island. It was intended to showcase the magazine and to promote post-war economy in which one could afford to own a vacation home. George Nelson designed the home and most of its furnishings.
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Lamp Type: incandescent
Bulbs: 1 X 40W 120V energy-efficient lamp (included)
Manufacturer Specifications: Click to download Specifications.
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.
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.
Functional Modern Art
The Half Nelson Lamp is a gorgeous piece of functional art. It doesn't throw a lot of light, so it's more of an accent piece. The moveable shade is simply inspired.
Fun fact: a frosted bulb projects a nice even light on the wall, while a clear bulb projects wavy light patterns. Very cool.
I had to send the first one I received back due to a defect in the finish on the lamp shade. YLighting and Modernica were very helpful and took care of the situation quickly.
This lamp is a definite conversation piece--I get compliments on it all the time.
By: Koop, Homeowner (Texas)
A Work of Modern Art
Simple and elegant--so glad Modernica started producing this iconic design again.
By: Koop, (Texas)
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