Design by George Nelson, 1947.
A modern classic, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp Lotus Table Lamp with Lamp Shade is simplicity defined. The lamp stand is made of durable, line-grained nickel-plated steel. Each lamp is built with an 8-inch solid steel base, 86 inches of cord and features and easy-to-use on/off pull chain with a handsome solid walnut ball end cap.
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. The same methods and materials to handcraft each lamp that were used in 1952 with Howard Miller's first production run are still used today.
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Material(s): Plastic coating over steel wire-frame, steel, solid walnut
Lamp Type: incandescent
Bulbs: 1 X 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)
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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.
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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