half nelson table lamp

half nelson table lamp

half nelson table lamp

Design George Nelson, 1950
Aluminum (powder coated, chrome & anodized)
Made in USA by Modernica

The 'Half-Nelson' Lamp, a magnum opus from the innovative George Nelson Office, circa 1950. It 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.

George Nelson originally designed the 'Half-Nelson' Lamp in 1950 for a large-scale design project, Holiday House. Holiday House was a commissioned design vacation home, on the southern coast of Long island, for a magazine of the same name. George Nelson designed the home and most of its furnishings. The 'Half-Nelson' was designed specifically for the living room, however it only remained a prototype.

At a later date, Nelson re-introduced his 'Half-Nelson' design to Koch & Lowy, an American Lighting Company. Koch & Lowy put the 'Half-Nelson' into production in 1977 and remained in production until the mid-eighties.

Each lamp is built by Modernica, in Los Angeles, to George Nelson's original specifications. The 'Half-Nelson' Lamp utilizes a pivoting shade, which is fully adjustable 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 powder-coated white. The stem connecting the two is made of chromed-aluminum and the on/off switch is built of machined-anodized aluminum. Modernica continues to revitalize designs that previously were only available to a select few, thus making good design available to all.

shade: 15" dia. | stem: 17.5" h | 0.5" dia. | base: 8" h | 4.5" d | black cord: 8'4" L
floor to lip of shade at a level position: 17" h
requires 1x 40W/120V energy efficient bulb

$495.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 4-6 weeks)

George Nelson

George Nelson (1908ľ1986) was an American industrial designer, and one of the founders of American Modernism. While Director of Design for the Herman Miller furniture company, both Nelson, and his design studio, George Nelson Associates, Inc., designed much of the 20th century's most iconic modernist furniture. George Nelson attended Yale University, not originally intending become an architect. He happened upon the architecture school while ducking into the building to get out of the rain, and was impressed by an exhibition inside. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1928. During his final year at Yale, Nelson was hired by the architecture firm Adams and Prentice as a drafter.


Modernicaĺs first official year as a furniture manufacturer came in 1989, after Frank and Jay Novak purchased 12,000 discarded plastic shell chairs and created bases and shock mounts for them. The shells had been discarded by Century Plastics, after Herman Miller discontinued their production of fiberglass chairs. Modernica founded their company on the heels of the North American Modernist movement and perpetuated the idea of the burgeoning modernist California lifestyle.
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