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Ball Lamp

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps
$269.00
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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
Handcrafted in Michigan, U.S.A. by Modernica.

Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp Ball Pendant is a tried-and-true standard of the modern vocabulary. George Nelson designed the first lamps in 1947. These lamps, with their simple sculptural shapes, are constructed of an innovative taut plastic that coats a steel wire-frame. Nelson's unique design and ingenious use of materials prove to eliminate glare and provide an abundant, yet diffused light. A quality which alone is unique to this material.

From the forming of the wire-frame, to the spraying of the vinyl form, one-by-one, each Bubble Lamp is constructed to last decades and each Bubble Lamp is built to George Nelson's original specifications. These famous lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Brushed nickel canopy. Each pendant comes with 6 feet of wire that can be field shortened.

Dimensions
  • Small: 12"H x 12.75"Dia
  • Medium: 15.5"H x 19"Dia
  • Large: 23"H x 26.75"Dia
  • Ceiling Plate: 5.25"Dia
Material(s)
Plastic, Steel
Lamp Type
INCANDESCENT
Bulbs
1 X 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)
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Manufacturer Specifications
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Item Number
BUB-BALL

Design by George Nelson, 1947.
Handcrafted in Michigan, U.S.A. by Modernica.

Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp Ball Pendant is a tried-and-true standard of the modern vocabulary. George Nelson designed the first lamps in 1947. These lamps, with their simple sculptural shapes, are constructed of an innovative taut plastic that coats a steel wire-frame. Nelson's unique design and ingenious use of materials prove to eliminate glare and provide an abundant, yet diffused light. A quality which alone is unique to this material.

From the forming of the wire-frame, to the spraying of the vinyl form, one-by-one, each Bubble Lamp is constructed to last decades and each Bubble Lamp is built to George Nelson's original specifications. These famous lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Brushed nickel canopy. Each pendant comes with 6 feet of wire that can be field shortened.

George Nelson Bubble Lamps

A mid-century classic, the Bubble Lamp was first designed by George Nelson in 1947 and was produced by Howard Miller starting in the early 1950s and ending in 1979. Our supplier has reissued the Nelson Bubble Lamps to the original specifications, using the original Howard Miller tooling. These famous lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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George Nelson

When writing about the course of his remarkable 50-year career, George Nelson described a series of creative "zaps" — moments of out-of-the-blue inspiration "when the solitary individual finds he is connected with a reality he never dreamed of."

Nelson said that for a designer to deal creatively with human needs, "he must first make a radical, conscious break with all values he identifies as anti-human." Designers also must constantly be aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society. In fact, he declared that "total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything." So he said that rather than specializing, designers must cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.

Nelson did so as few are able, and, with the help of well-timed zaps, he helped define modern, humane design.

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific! We ordered three of these GN pendants and hung all of them together, they are really gorgeous and make quite a statement! Our electrician installed them in no time at all and they are really stunning especially at night. No one ever remarked about our last light fixture (which was new) but everyone notices these pendants right away, they are very unique and modern. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the price is somewhat high for the simplicity of the pendant but I do realize that I am paying for George Nelsons fame and design. Your site had a good price and of course no tax with free shipping, what else can you ask for!
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The George Nelson Ball lamp is sensation! I had been looking endlessly for two hanging lamps for an 1820's house we are restoring/rehabbing to live in. Our design philosophy? Anything that looks old is original to the property and the rest is uncomplicated modern. The hanging lamps in question needed to look modern but not obtrusive, and we wanted the light to expose the walls and ceiling in a stairwell landing. Finally I saw the George Nelson lamps. The Ball lamp is the perfect size and shape for our needs. We could not be happier and would recommend it without hesitation: wonderful appearance and material with excellent light distribution.
Date published: 2011-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait to install it! I've always loved the simplicity of the ball lamps and knew that I would eventually purchase one when we started our remodeling project. We first purchased the medium ball lamp for our two-story foyer, but it looked a bit too large in our space. So we decided to use that lamp over the dining table and purchase the small ball lamp for the foyer. We haven't installed either lamp yet since we're still in the middle of our remodel, but both lamps arrived in perfect condition and I know they will complete the look we're going for. My only hesitation about ordering this lamp is that they have become quite common (and now we might be overdoing it by having two!). But when a classic is this good, it seems a shame to overlook it simply because it's popular.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am very HAPPY with my Ball Lamp! The George Nelson Ball Lamp arrived in perfect condition, and was exactly as described on the site. It is a beautiful design and was very affordable. We put in a LED bulb with dimmer switch, and the lamp casts a warm, diffused light over our combined dining/living room. The medium size was the right fit for the 8' ceiling and it is hung just a tad lower than usual over the dining room table. The design is a classic: it is simple and elegant, but not at all cold and industrial looking. It combines wonderfully with our bamboo shades in the nearby bay window, and adds to our eclectic East-meets-West decor, I love the teahouse effect. I would definitely recommend the Ball Lamp and YLighting to anyone looking for a wonderful design at an affordable price.
Date published: 2013-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really simple, beautiful and affordable pendant! We love this pendant - bought the large for our staircase and totally love it. It fills the space beautifully and simply - exactly what we wanted. We bought the matching saucer for the upstairs hallway that the staircase leads to and they complement each other so well. We get compliments on them from everyone who sees them and we are overall tremendously happy with our purchases. Also Y Lighting was terrific - the first one we received was damaged during shipment and they sent another immediately.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Addition to Our Living Room We needed a nice warm light as a center piece for our large space - This Ball Lamp in medium was a perfect solution as it is large enough to have a presence without over powering the overall aesthetic of the space. The light is pleasant, not too harsh and not too soft. We have a 60watt bulb in it that works nicely. It is a simple, yet beautiful classic design piece that I would highly recommend to anyone! Enjoy!
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! I ordered this ceiling fixture after ordering two Nelson Cigar floor lamps. I was scared I would be over-doing the mid-century thing, as my house is quite small, but it all works. This small globe works perfectly in my tiny kitchen. I have a 150 watt bulb in it (love that these fixtures can handle high wattage), and it is totally softened by the shade. Unobtrusive and mellow. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2011-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, well-made product Nelson Bubble Lamps go with practically any decor and are easy to install. They work beautifully. I love that the ones I bought (medium ball lamps) take up to 150 watt bulbs. I hung them in a great room with cathedral ceilings and they look fantastic. I had trouble with my order (ordered four and received one), and the Ylighting folks fixed the problem the same day I called. Yay for service!
Date published: 2014-05-27
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Ball Lamp is rated 4.7024 out of 5 by 84.
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Can this fixture be mounted outdoors in a sheltered patio location?

Asked by: SMarion
Hi there! These are not damp or wet rated so it is for indoor use only. Mounting it outdoors in a covered patio will still expose the fixture to greater or in some cases extreme moisture levels that would not be commonly found indoors in most North American Geographical locations (east coast to dry arid areas). You can mount it in such a location, but it is at your own risk. Should you require some additional clarification beyond this and would like to speak to a Product Specialist directly, feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209 and we can assist you. Thanks for contacting us! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2015-07-01

What type of mounting does the Ball Lamp have? Can you supply a diagram?

Asked by: JW11
Hi there, and thanks for your interest in this design. The canopy is a white, small circle with a diameter of 5.25". We apologize that we do not readily have a photo on our site, but the great thing about these fixtures is that the the cording is completely adjustable to suit a number of location constraints and ceiling heights. Thanks for checking in! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2015-03-20

How do I hang a Nelson pendant bubble series “ball” lamp from a ceiling which is exposed wood beam and wood decking? There is no gyp board ceiling space or drop ceiling space for a J-box installation. Can a plug and line switch be fitted to a 16' cord?

Asked by: Dennis811
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