Interview with Lucia DeRespinis (Part Two)

Here is the next video installment of our interview series with Lucia DeRespinis, former senior designer at George Nelson in the ’50s. In this segment, Ms. DeRespinis discusses how she attained her job with George Nelson, the work environment, and the exciting projects she worked on and products she designed.

Lucia De Respinis: Industrial Designer Video Interview

Today we debut the first of a series of videos where we interview renown Industrial Designer Lucia De Respinis, former Senior Designer at George Nelson & Company Inc. She worked on the original George Nelson Net Lamp, which Modernica recently reissued to Nelson specifications when first launched with the Howard Miller Company. Mrs. De Respinis’s career spans 50 years and encompasses product design, lighting, clocks, glassware, ceramics, cookware, interiors, exhibits, trade shows and graphics.  She is also known for selecting the color scheme and typeface for the Dunkin’ Donuts logo. Mrs. De Respinis is a tour de force full of the stories from the mid century modern halcyon days at the Nelson office and represents the spirit of the era. A true professional woman who pioneered Industrial Design.

Modernica’s 2nd Day of Gifting: Half Nelson Lamp

Half Nelson Table Lamp

The beautiful Half Nelson Lamp remains one of the most recognizable designs to come out of the George Nelson office, over 60 years after its conception. The simple, yet striking, shape of the lamp is more than just a lighting fixture; it’s a work of art. Give the gift of beautiful design this year with a Half Nelson Lamp.

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    Inspire Me Monday: Warm Bedroom Lighting for Cold Nights Ahead

Inspire Me Monday: Warm Bedroom Lighting for Cold Nights Ahead

We are finding our evenings increasingly dark and dreary, especially with the passing of Daylight Savings Time last week. While you might not be able to thwart the dark and stormy months ahead, you can brighten up your own living space with cheerful lighting solutions. Start with the coziest room of all- your bedroom. Here are some beautiful examples of George Nelson Bubble Lamps in bedroom lighting arrangements to get you inspired.

If you’re still looking for more ideas, take a look at our Houzz ideabook and our Pinterest board.

Catch Our New Net Light in the LA Times!

We were thrilled to see our brand new release of the George Nelson Net Light® covered by the LA Times yesterday. In the article, home editor Craig Nakano briefly describes the history of the piece, which was first created in very limited quantities in 1959. He also discusses the production process that gives the Net Light its unique shape and texture:

“Whereas the Bubble lamps take their shape from metal skeletons, the Net silhouette emerges when fine netting is stretched over a series of metal rings. A Modernica spokeswoman said both lamps get the same plastic coating, so even though the Net has a different texture, its finished shade is a hard shell, just like the Bubble.”  – Craig Nakano, LA Times Home Editor.

Get the story straight from the source, in the Los Angeles Times Home and Design section.