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Walter von Nessen (and Inspired) Mushroom Lamps

I used a pair of mushroom lamps recently in our guest room. I like the 60s/70s style they bring to the space, taking it a little more mod than the rest of the house.

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They were inspired by the , which featured solid brass construction and a choice of finishes (brass, chrome, nickel, enamel paint, and a plastic dome). Besides the obvious differences in finishes and silhouette, the Nessen lamps were also a larger in scale at 27″ tall and 16″ in diameter. You can still find vintage originals via or .

There are several lamps drawing inspiration from those original mushroom lamps on the market right now though, in addition to the pair I picked up. Here’s how they compare.
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  • The base column is much thicker than the others, and it’s made of a base metal with a brassy gold finish on the outside. 20″ tall, 13.5″ in diameter. Also for a few dollars more.

  • The tiers pull inspiration from Art Deco fixtures and the column is very slender. Also made of a base metal with a faux antique brass finish. 20″ tall, 17″ in diameter.

  • Made of natural brass with a painted steel base, and designed with thoughtful details like a cloth-covered cord and more finished interior with rotary switch. 19.5″ tall, 12″ in diameter. Also available in or for $299.

Real talk, the Target lamps are fine, but the thicker base and connection between the base and shade are not my favorite. They’re also lightweight and easily tipped over, but the price was right and they were for a guest room that mostly hosts the kids’ occasional sleepovers. If I were buying them for a different spot where we’d see and use them all the time, I would have invested in the far lovelier version from Schoolhouse Electric. I even prefer their styling over the Nessen originals.

Schoolhouse Electric Sidnie Natural Brass Lamp

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Which is your favorite? And if the answer is different (as it was in my case), which would you buy?

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    Laura C
    May 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    West Elm all the way!

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    May 22, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    The original Nesson version. The thick one lacks grace and the others IMHO..(and it is very humble) are mediocre compared to the original.

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    Haley Hepburn
    May 23, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I HAVE to know about that painting behind the lamp

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    Rosamund Jeffers
    May 24, 2017 at 4:57 am

    These are really magnificent pieces of lighting. A friend of mine use to have the Tiered Shade Table model and I always started at it with a great amount of admiration. Great post, Nicole!

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