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Cigar 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 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
  • 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
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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", 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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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 5 out of 5 by from Excellant design Good quality of light and strong spatial defition.
Date published: 2014-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this light It looks so good. Really light weight and the light that comes from it is beautiful.
Date published: 2014-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Elegance Well constructed classic Nelson lamp that thankfully takes both a 23W CFL and a 150 W incandescent. Extremely happy with the easily installed (even tho hard wired) triple bubble configuration. Arrived right on time with free delivery. Awesome service. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple yet stunning My husband and I added 3 cigar pendants over the island in our kitchen remodel. The choice was so difficult because I love all the artistic choices on the market. I decided since our home is mcm, the cigar pendants were the right choice. Couldn't have made a better choice. Ylighting shipped quickly. No surprises, and that's a plus.
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful elegant shape perfect for a tall long hallway I'm a big fan of the George Nelson Bubble Lamps and the Cigar shape is just perfect for our long tall barrel hallway leading to the master bedroom.
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful fixture! This fixture is simple but makes a statement. Love it! Arrived quickly which was great.
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! What can I say. Another classic piece that goes with EVERYTHING! Highly recommended if you want to transform the space with little budget.
Date published: 2014-04-11
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Cigar Lamp is rated 4.7519 out of 5 by 129.
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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: suzee
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

can i use an LED bulb in this?

Asked by: linklight
Certainly! As long as the bulb has a E26 medium base and does not exceed the equivalent of a 150 watt incandescent bulb, you should not have any problems. Thanks for reaching out. Please let us know if we can offer any additional clarification beyond this. Feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209 - we are happy to help!
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2016-02-07
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