Shedding Light on Mid-century Modern Design
Changing a room's lighting is a simple way to make a large impact. Hang a lamp on a chain to draw on the period's use of form and function. Or try adding a couple of pole lamps topped with cone-shaped shades. Simple lines with a geometric futuristic feel characterize lamps of the era. George Nelson and Associates created the Bubble lampshade in 1952, which looks like a blimp turned on its head and placed on a simple steel wire base. It can also be hung from a pendant. Paul Henningsen also received accolades for his progressive retooling of the classic chandelier. Henningsen's hanging lamp looked like a series of white concentric bowls hanging upside down from a wire.