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Cigar Lamp

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps
$269.00
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  • Made in USA

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

Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp Cigar 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: 13.8"H x 10"Dia
  • Medium: 21"H x 11.5"Dia
  • Large: 33"H x 14"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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Item Number
BUB-CIGAR

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

Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp Cigar 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 Mid Century Love! 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 5 out of 5 by from I love you George Nelson. I ordered two small cigar lamps to hang over the bedside tables in the master bedroom. They hang pretty low and they look awesome! I keep going up there and flipping on the switch so I can admire them. As to whether they were easy to install, I cannot say; I had an electrician come in to do it (he was here all day). I had pull switches installed on each lamp so that my husband and I can just turn them on/off with out having to get out of bed. The electrician had to install ceiling fan mounts in the attic so that our tugging on the chain doesn't pull the lights right out of the ceiling. Very happy with product/purchase & quick shipping!
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smokin' Cigar Lamp! My Mid-Century Modern wife has been eying the George Nelson Bubble Lamps for years. She's in orbit with the cluster of Saucer, Cigar and Pear Lamps that remind her of the Nelson Bubbles that once hung in her childhood home. The elongated Cigar Lamp in our archway creates a perfect balance with the alternating shapes and varying heights that play between the three Bubble Lamps. The lengthly cord gave us plenty of options to adjust the height to our liking, and hangs beautifully from our gently vaulted ceiling. We have the lights on a dimmer and love the unique, soft glow that illuminates throughout the room. We highly recommend these ultra-cool lamps!
Date published: 2012-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good light, easy install Attractive, stylish light that is rather simple to install. The copper conductor on the cord is slightly beefy compared to the flimsy product on the market - refreshing. As result it takes a higher watt bulb. The fabric on this light is said to be a type of plastic, but it resembles more of a stretch fabric; you won't really notice any plastic at all. It is rough, stretchy and will be difficult to dust by traditional methods. Generally seems as if it is fairly puncture prone as your fingers sink into it with significant ease upon handling. Overall good value for what you get, does not look cheap and was easy to install.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect retro statement! We had George Nelson bubble lights hanging in our home when I was growing up in the 50's. They were sturdy, beautiful and interesting, and that's what they are today. When we needed to replace our old fluorescent fixture, we ordered 3 small cigar lights to hang over our new kitchen island. They are all that I remember. Even the small ones are impressive--we didn't need all 3 for over the island, so we hung one over the sink. There were no installation problems. It took longer to remove the old fixture than to put in the new ones. Everyone comments on how amazing they look, and our contractor called them "awesome". They were very well packed and arrived very quickly. I will definitely be ordering from YLighting again.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Renovated a contemporary townhouse with a 24 foot living room ceiling and installed 2 of these lamps, staggered height and they rock !
Date published: 2015-07-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! Needed a pendant for a primary stairway with a 2 story ceiling in a new house down by the water. This classic design is perfect. Just the right balance of sophisticated design with its clean lines yet still a relaxed feeling. A nice diffused light that's still bright enough to fill the stairway. Quality materials that are nice looking up close and far away. I'll probably get one of those poles for changing the light bulb since I don't think my arm is long enough to reach inside even if I was on a ladder. My favorite light fixture in the house, so far.
Date published: 2011-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A calming sense of well being. I scoured the website for the perfect fixture for our dining room which has a tall cathedral ceiling. We had a lot of space to fill so I needed something long, I selected the Herman Miller Cirgar lamp (with my wife's approval). It changed everything for the better, it looks so good, what a transformation! The room feels classy and dressed up now, we couldn't be happier. The transaction with Ylighting was smooth as silk, we are now looking at changing all of our light fixtures.
Date published: 2010-09-01
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Cigar Lamp is rated 4.75 out of 5 by 124.
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Can a plug be installed on nelson pendants to adapt to a light strip on the ceiling? Sloped ceiling adaptable? 

Asked by: suezee
Hi there! You certainly can have a certified electrician alter the light to a plug in, instead of hard wired. Modernica has advised that any post factory modifications will void the warranty, so be sure to inspect and test your fixture before altering it. There are customers who have had a lot of success with this modification though. Feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209 to discuss this fixture in greater depth, or to follow up with anything else. Thanks for reaching out! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2015-07-17
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