The new Saucer Criss-Cross Nelson Bubble Lamp arrived today. We got it from of all places Gump’s in San Francisco. Yes Gump’s. I have no idea why they carry them but they do. Originally we were going to get the Cigar lamp for the old house, (the floor standing model) but with the new house we have gone for a ceiling mount lamp. We bought from Gump’s because we had a 300 dollar credit there and it covered most of the cost of the lamp. It’s funny on the receipt that was in the box it said “Gump’s Basement”, which makes me wonder if these are remainder items from a few years back when Mid-Century Modern was the hot decorating style.
We have decided to hang it in the house above the kitchen island at the end of a 3 light run. The position is perfect for it since it will center out in the second module of the home, and create a visual break in the large open room that functions as Living Room, Dining Room, and Kitchen. The electrician won’t be out until after Tuesday, so I am not going to see this installed until after get back from South Africa. None the less I am excited because the lamp looks so awesome.
The lamps are manufacture to exact specifications to the original manufacturing process by Modernica of Southern California. The first Bubble Lamp was designed by George Nelson in 1947, and produced by Howard Miller starting in the early 1950’s, only to end production in 1979. The Bubble Lamp is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
When I get back, I’ll post photos of the light in its new location.