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Ball Lamp

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps
$295.00
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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 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
  • 6 feet of field-adjustable cord
Material(s)
Plastic, Steel
Lamp Type
INCANDESCENT
Bulbs
1 X 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)
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UL
Manufacturer Specifications
Click to download specifications.
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", or 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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Date published: 2015-01-13
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Date published: 2014-09-30
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Date published: 2014-09-14
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 Perfect statement piece for our new beach bungalo! This ball light is the focal point of our living/dining room. It sets the fun, casual atmosphere we want our family and friends to enjoy when in our new home.
Date published: 2014-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nelson lamps - elegance and quality Love this. I have two other Nelson lights. They have the important benefit of accommodating higher wattage bulbs. It is a lovely glowing lamp in our bedroom. We have it on a dimmer so it can be either moody or very functional when turned up bright.
Date published: 2014-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from These things are exactly what I wanted. The light is so soft and even and they look great. They had a funny smell at first, almost medicinal but it has dissipated over time. I have really grown to love them.
Date published: 2014-06-24
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Ball Lamp is rated 4.7045 out of 5 by 88.
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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

I would like to see the Installation Instructions and any spare parts that are available for the Ball Lamp.

Asked by: Morris
Thank you for your question. No assembly is required for the George Nelson Ball Lamp. But, installation instructions can be viewed directly on Modernica's website. Go to the link below, and click on the tab below the product picture labeled "Assembly" and you can download a PDF with installation instructions. We offer replacement parts orders as a service to our customers. Generally speaking if a part is still in production we can order it for any of the brands we carry. Please email us at: parts@ylighting.com and include a link to the product page, your name and phone number and we will get back to you soon with the price and availability for the parts you are looking for. Brian, YLiving Customer Support 866-842-6209
Answered by: Brian CS
Date published: 2016-02-07

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

I have 13' ceilings on the floor these would go into. How long is the cord.  I need 2 smaller ones over a kitchen island and 1 larger one over a kitchen table. 

Asked by: grant
Hey there! Each pendant comes with 6 feet of wire that can be field shortened. You can order a longer cable at the time of placing your order. Special order requests can be easily made by simply working with one of our Product Specialists. They are more than happy to go over all of the illuminating options with you and help you find the combination that suits your lighting needs! Feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209. Stephanie, YLighting Team
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2016-02-07

what is the width dimensions? also is the material plastic pollmer?

Asked by: louvenia
The widths are 12.75", 19" and 26.75" depending on size. They are manufactured from plastic and steel.
Answered by: CommunityAnswer
Date published: 2015-12-18

What is the plastic material like?

Asked by: christine1
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