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Bubble Ball Wall Sconce


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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
Made in the U.S.A. by Modernica.

Ball lamp wall sconce. Plug-in cord, on/off switch located on the socket. Arm extends 20" from wall. 12 feet of cord with plug. Solid walnut backplate.


  • Diffuser: 12"H X 12.75"Dia x 20"Ext
  • Overall: 28"H x 26.75"D


Bulbs: 1 X 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)

Listing: UL

Manufacturer Specifications: Click to download specifications.

Instructions: Click to download instructions.

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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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. The 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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Customer Reviews 5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Loved it!

We were looking for a modern fixture for our nursery and this sconce is perfect! It gives off great light and looks terrific. It's a little tricky to hang but once it's up, you'll love it.

By:dm , Homeowner (Nwe York, NY)

5 out of 5
awesome .. classic everlasting design and functional.

The light is everything I expected..and more.
We installed the light on the wall..with minimum effort..but when we went to screw in the lightbulb the socket on the light was bent..(hard to believe it would be sent out like this). Anxious as we were to see the light turned on..we bent the socket (with some major effort) to a round position so it would accept a light bulb..once we turned the light on..all our frustrations vanished. Thank you George Nelson.

By:Patrick C. , Architect (new york new york)

5 out of 5
Beautiful light.

This is the third I've purchased; they flank my bed (without crowding nightstands) and provide ambient light in my master bath (without taking valuable counter space). I have them all on lamp dimmers and they emit a gorgeous glow as well as enough light by which to read.

All three lamps were made by Modernica, but I've purchased them from three different sources: Modernica, Y-Living and Design Within Reach. Only two of three match. The one purchased directly from Modernica (delivered this past week) doesn't match that which is shown on their site -- which I'm viewing as I type this.

Apparently, there are two different styles/shapes of the metal rod which supports the lamp cord and suspends the shade from the wall. The one from Y-living matches those currently pictured on the Modernica site with the a square-ish rod. The ones I received from DWR and from Modernica have a much broader arching curve from the wall. Strangely, the literature accompanying the square one from Y-living pictures the curved arm, instead.

As I have two in one room and one in another, it wasn't a big deal, but if I'd been trying to match two it would have been a giant problem. The wooden wall mounts are a different size and they extend a different distance from the wall.

I'm happy with what I've got, but buyer beware: you should be clear on what you're going to receive, particularly if you're trying to match something existing or fit within a specific space.

That which is shown on the Modernica website is not what I received from Modernica.

By:Clinton , Homeowner (Palm Springs, CA)

4 out of 5
Extremely pleased

Did a lot of web comparison before purchasing. "Y" consistently came up at the lowest price--even considering the odd promotion at other sites. My (museum quality) lights came really quickly, in perfect the headline says, I'm extremely pleased.

By:David R. , Homeowner (NYC)

5 out of 5

Who wouldn't love this light? Sheds like on our writers desk.

By:Justin , Renter (San Francisco)

5 out of 5
beautiful light fixture

We ordered the bubble wall sconce for a corner of our living room of our condo. The sconce frees up floor space where a floor or table lamp would have been and looks great suspended in the corner of the room, giving off a nice warm light. We especially like the wood trim of the wall attachment - it looks both modern and classic.

5 out of 5
There's a full moon every night.

I ordered this light based on the reviews, and I have to say that I am satisfied. The cord looks a little messy, and the installation was a bit difficult; but everything is fine. I didn't use a drill, I used a nail to put a hole in the wall and then I screwed it in the wall. The shade gives off a nice glow that you do not get from the typical lamp shade. Now my family is contemplating getting another Bubble Ball Wall Sconce.

By:JeanBean , Homeowner (Long Island)

5 out of 5
Perfect bedside lamp

Stylish and doesn't take up space on you bedside table, easy to turn off from bed. This vendor is very reliable and has the best prices.

By:Richard A. , Homeowner (Massachusetts)

Customer Questions:

Q: Does the Nelson Bubble Ball Wall Sconce have 3-way switch? Does the the arm swings? What kind of material is the shade made of?

A: The Nelson Bubble Ball Wall Sconce has an on / off switch, there is a pull switch on the socket. The arm does pivot in the wall holder. The shade is made from a polymer material on the metal frame.

Q: How does the Nelson Bubble Wall Sconce best attach to the wall?

A: The Nelson Sconces attach directly to the wall with two screws, one at the top of the wood bracket and the other at the bottom. They reccommend it be attached to a stud.

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