Vintage Love: Modern Table Lamps

Just bought some vintage new Mid Century Modern Bubble Beehive tripod lamps made of white molded plastic and teak. I wanted to see if I could find out more about them and discovered some variations that are equally beautiful. Sometimes they are referred to as Tiki Bubble Lamps, and seem to come in a variety of colours.

In 1947, George Nelson became inspired by a self webbing material used to moth-ball ships in New York and he convinced himself it would be perfect for lighting. He made a metal frame, tracked down the source of the webbing material and by the next day he created a big glowing sphere and the Bubble Lamp was born. You can see two examples of the George Nelson Bubble Lamp below in white.

 

5 thoughts on “Vintage Love: Modern Table Lamps

    • Hi Carissa,

      I apologize for the delay in responding. I have had some trouble with hacking on my site. The turquoise lamp is a Mid-Century Modern table lamp. These lamps had shades, made from moulded plastic, come in a variety of shapes, colours and different patterns. The lamps are from the fun, great 50’s 60s atomic age when lamps were made with flair! Just a must have for some of us who love the lighting from that era. I think you made a great purchase and orange is a great colour. Enjoy your lamp!

  1. CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME IF & WHERE I CAN BUY , THESE LAMPS , I USED TO HAVE THE ORANGE & THE BLUE , , I WOULD LOVE TO BUY A COUPLE OF THESE LAMPS , THANK YOU

    • Hi Lynda

      You should be able to find these lamps at any Mid Century Modern Vintage shop. If you are lucky you might spot them at a Good Will. I bought mine from a home decor second hand store. They are a lovely lamps. Good luck in your search. Tina

    • Hi Lynda,

      These lamps can be bought from vintage stores. I bought mine at a consignment store in Vancouver. Google Mid Century Modern vintage in your city and see what comes up. Check ebay too. Good luck

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