The George Nelson Saucer lamp, the most iconic lamps in the history of modern design, is part of the Nelson Bubble lamp series designed by George Nelson in 1947. Their pleasing shapes, based on Chinese paper lanterns, are fashioned in sturdy, light-weight steel with a special woven white polymer plastic over the top. With about a dozen other shapes to choose from, Nelson Bubble lamps have maintained the same level of popularity for almost 70 years.
I’m wild about the U.F.O. shape.
Almost a “Close Encounter of a Ceiling Kind”. (laughs to self)
They weren’t created just for sterile environments. They should be mixed into a room.
Here are a few interiors that I think “mix in” these lamps just perfectly.
Looks just as natural hanging over a farmhouse table as it does mixed with kitschy 1950’s furniture. Even floating over a Hudson Bay blanket, which is more our style.
That’s what I love so much about these things. There is more than just a “Mid-Century” coolness vibe too. A little campy and Sleek Modern at the same time.
So why the big TOO-DO about Nelson Saucer Lamps?
Because I got one!!!! Happy Birthday to me. (yeah, that was a few months ago – just now posting about it – so sue me)
Picked up a small one for our guest room. After a little deliberation, we decided that we don’t need a ceiling fan in there. In Texas, all the bedrooms have ceiling fans. Our guests might miss it….but what the heck? We won’t. It’s nice to have one unused jewel-box of a room.
Here’s what’s hanging in there now….
Pretty uneventful, Right? You should have seen the monstrosity that was there when we moved in. At least now, all the fans in the bedrooms match.
We have a theory that if your ceiling is white, the fan should be too.
The box had this awesome seal across the top.
It was honestly a little hard to cut through it. Not literally, figuratively. But at the same time, it felt like opening a present.
If you have ever wired a light fixture then you know how easy it really is. I’m not going to bore anyone with the details…….and just show the spectacular results.
Like a little “Mid-Century” space ship hovering over the bed.
I was worried that the light bulb would be visible from every angle, but you really have to stand right under it and look up to see it.
Sidenote: When our dear friend, and more than occasional houseguest, Ivan saw the box,
he squealed with delight, ” I hope that’s going in the guest room !“.
I’m guessing that he doesn’t miss the ceiling fan either……
I love it, we just moved into a house built in 1965 and that light fixture is calling my name. Thanks for a new obsession.
They are Perfect in period houses ….. Go get one!!! You will love it as much as we do !
Great lamp – I love the view from laying down, it reminds me of the sunshine. And this room is one of my favorites that you’ve blogged about, so now I like it even more. 🙂
Thanks Chelsea, don’t you just hate ceiling fans? This may be the first room in the house to get wallpaper too…..
Great lamp, but I admit I am way more fascinated by the beautiful black and white quilt on the bed! Where is it from? 🙂
I know!!! Isn’t it just awesome? Jamie gave it to me for Valentines last year , it’s a Pendleton, Here’s the link https://www.pendleton-usa.com/ensemble/Home-Blankets/Home-Collections/Blanket-Weight-Wool-Bedding-Collections/Black-Los-Ojos-Blanket-Collection/118/sc/1837/c/1835/pc/1816.uts
ohh thank you!!! Loving all their blankets! 🙂
I ended up buying this one, I can’t wait!! Thank you for the link! 🙂 https://www.pendleton-usa.com/ensemble/Home-Blankets/Home-Collections/Blanket-Weight-Wool-Bedding-Collections/Arrowhead-Blanket-Collection/650/sc/1837/c/1835/pc/1816.uts
I LOVE it! I am hopelessly addicted to Pendelton blankets….
I admittedly have a ceiling fan in our master bedroom; being in NY, though, it’s only necessary when it’s terribly humid (which is always). I’ve been eyeing chandeliers and maybe even track lighting for our space for a while now.
Well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you !! Great light fixture – love the look. Isn’t it fun when you find just the right piece?
Love the lamp and love it in that guest room. Double thumbs up!
That lamp is really cool! I like how it ties in with the room so well
Is that the 17″ or 25″ nelson in the bedroom.
Hi Bri, it’s the 17 inch….It’s a small room, anything bigger would look way heavy.