Introducing the 'Half-Nelson' Table Lamp, a magnum opus from the innovative George Nelson Office, circa 1950. The 'Half-Nelson' Lamp is a definitive example of George Nelson’s visionary design. Stripped down to the essentials, Nelson playfully transforms a cylinder, rod, and discus into an enduring work of art.
The 'Half-Nelson' Table Lamp utilizes a pivoting shade, which is adjustable both left and right, and up and down. Giving it the ability to direct light in all directions. The cylinder base is constructed of aluminum with a black line-grained anodized finish. The shade is made from spun aluminum. The top of the shade has a line-grained anodized black finish, and the underside has a power-coated, glossy satin white finish. The stem connecting the two, is made of chromed-aluminum. The on/off switch is built of machined-anodized aluminum.
George Nelson originally designed the 'Half-Nelson' Table Lamp 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 a post-war economy in which one could afford to own a vacation home. 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 reintroduced his 'Half-Nelson' design to Koch & Lowy, an American Lighting Company. Koch & Lowy put the ‘Half-Nelson’ into production in 1977. At the time it was available in three finishes: polished brass, chromed-aluminum, and white or black enamel. The lamp was in production until the mid-eighties.
Modernica has bought back this iconic piece. Each lamp is built to George Nelson’s original specifications. Since 1989, Modernica has proven itself with its steadfast commitment to authenticity and craftsmanship. Modernica continues to revitalize designs that previously were only available to a select few, thus making good design available to all.