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Bubble Lamp by George Nelson

You’ve probably seen it a few times before: The George Nelson bubble lamp. It’s Mid-Century Modern design at its absolute best. George Nelson was one of the quintessential leaders of the mid-century modernism movement.  He and the Herman Miller furniture company teamed up to produce some of the time’s most iconic modern creations. Today, one can’t seem to escape the sight of the must-have bubble lamp. Despite its popularity, I feel that I too, MUST have one.

Three Nelson lamps in one entryway? Now that’s just greedy, that is!

Naked Nook needs Nelson

Naked Nook needs Nelson

As for me, I can picture a smallish or perhaps medium lamp gracing the ceiling above my tulip table creating a sort of mid-century zen vibe.

Suddenly, dinner would be guaranteed pleasant. My family and I would laugh as we enjoyed our always-delicious meals and shared our news of the day; never forgetting to pray first. Our 4-year-old wouldn’t interrupt as my husband and I exchanged adult pleasantries. He would patiently wait his turn to say something extremely mature and charming. Gone would be the days of chaotic meal arrangements, requests for t.v. during mealtime and talk of farting.

If you too, NEED a piece of cloud-like zen to come into your home, here’s the scoop on where you can find them:

Bubbly Bubbles. Everywhere. Photo Credit: HiveModern

Bubbly Bubbles. Everywhere. Photo Credit: HiveModern

Photo Credit: HiveModern

Photo Credit: HiveModern

Go to HiveModern.com. Prices range from “oh my God!” to “what did you just say to me? ”

In seriousness, newly purchased, these lamps are very reasonable for the functional and beautiful pieces of art that they really are. (Ahem: $200-500)

If you’d like to find an authentic vintage Nelson lamp, they too can be yours! Warning:  buying vintage can be more expensive than buying new.

Photo Credit: reimaginefurniture on etsy.com

Photo Credit: reimaginefurniture on etsy.com

Photo Credit: Ebay.com. Modernica Large Cigar Bubble Lamp

Photo Credit: Ebay.com. Modernica Large Cigar Bubble Lamp

Hit up Etsy.com, Ebay.com, and Modernica to find more pricing and style options. May the zen be with you.


About midcenturyobsession

My love for midcentury surfaced after inheriting a couple pieces of my very fashionable grandmother's MCM furniture. I'd always loved clean lines...and became obsessed. I'm currently in the process of redoing our entire home in Mid Century style. My husband would tell you "She's off her head." (Irish-speak for NUTS.) I am the wife of a Dubliner, a mother to an adorable little boy and two clownish french bulldogs Pig and Pearl. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. If there is anything I learned earning my degree, it was that I didn't want to pursue criminal justice. My heart just wasn't in it. I played 2 years of volleyball on a full scholarship and graduated a 4 year college in 3 years. I lived in Dallas for a very long time and left friends behind to be closer to family for my son. A native Californian, I have to say it's great to be back home.


5 thoughts on “Bubble Lamp by George Nelson

  1. We have it in our dining room. We installed a dimmer on it and we love it! We have the saucer design, which is probably the most popular style. Friends of mine bought a light fixture that allows them to hang a few of them – they have it hung from their 30 foot ceiling in their dining room (which happens to be in their front entrance area) and it looks grand!!! Great post!

    Posted by Lin | August 14, 2013, 3:47 pm
  2. Do you know what is as popular as the bubble lamp? The Noguchi Coffee Table. I swear, every high end home I tour has one. I loved them but now they are off my list. The bubble lamp is a STABLE though and will always be on the list for me.

    Posted by Rebecca@MidCenturyModernRemodel | August 20, 2013, 4:26 am


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