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THE SCOUT : REDISCOVERED : A new spin

November 14, 2009|Lisa Boone and David A. Keeps

Two designs by midcentury legend George Nelson are getting another look.

The designer's classic Bubble lamps -- so iconic in white -- have been released in a muted blue-green called "mist" and a yellowish color labeled "ivory." Purists may liken the move to Ted Turner's colorization of classic black-and-white films, but only time (and sales) will tell how well the new hues are embraced. The lamps are available in three shapes ($359 to $435) from Room & Board, which has showrooms in Culver City and Costa Mesa; www.roomand board.com.

Meanwhile, the fat little hour hand and red second hand are hints that the clocks pictured here are Nelson's work too. The ceramic pieces, each 5 to 6 inches tall, were designed in the 1950s but never put into production -- until now. Using original plans and prototypes, the Vitra Design Museum is selling them for $290 each. They're available through authorized Vitra dealers. For a list: www.vitra.com.

-- Lisa Boone and David A. Keeps

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