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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
Handcrafted in Michigan, U.S.A. by Modernica.
Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp Saucer 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.
For dimensions, please click on schematic diagram. Brushed nickel canopy. Each pendant comes with 6 feet of wire that can be field shortened. The small model uses 1 X 60W max medium base incandescent bulb and the medium and large use 1 X 150W max medium base.
Express shipping is not available on this item. UL Listed.
- Small: 7.5"H X 17.5"Dia
- Medium: 9.5"H X 25"Dia
- Large: 14"H X 36"Dia
- Ceiling Plate: 5.25"Dia
Lamp Type: INCANDESCENT
- Small: 1 X 60W 120V medium base incandescent lamp (not included)
- Medium/Large: 1 X 150W 120V medium base incandescent lamp (not included)
Manufacturer Specifications: Click to download specifications.
Instructions: Click to download instructions.
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.See other lights/products from George Nelson
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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