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Nelson™ Bubble Lamp Wall Sconce Saucer

nelson™ bubble lamp wall sconce saucer

nelson™ bubble lamp wall sconce saucer

Design George Nelson, 1952
Steel skeleton, self-webbing soft plastic, solid walnut, nickel
Made by Herman Miller

An assortment of lights in various spherical silhouettes, the Nelson Bubble Lamps add a touch of softness and luminosity to interiors. Designed by George Nelson in 1952, these elegant fixtures are fashioned from a sturdy, lightweight steel frame yet have a delicate, floating quality, whether in ceiling-hung, floor, table, or wall-mounted variations.

Nelson was inspired by a set of silk-covered Swedish hanging lamps that he wanted to acquire for his office, but he found the price to be prohibitive. An ingenious and resourceful designer, he went on to create the first set of Nelson Bubble Lamps using a translucent white plastic spray, a technique developed by the U.S. military at the time. Nelson drew from elemental, organic shapes in making variations like the Apple Bubble Pendant, the Pear Wall Sconce, the Lotus Table Lamp, and the Saucer Pendant Lamp, among others.

The Bubble lamp sconce is constructed with a 2-inch-thick walnut mount and a brushed-nickel steel arm that extends approximately 14 inches. Each Sconce is UL listed and rated for bulbs up to 150 watts (60 watt max for saucer) and comes with a 12' foot cord. The Sconce arm has a swivel hinge and adjustable 144 inch long plug-in cord with a counterweight, allowing for height adjustment from left-to-right, and up-and-down, without having to change its position on the wall. There is an on/off pull chain with a solid walnut end cap. Bulb is not included.

shade: 7" h | 17.5" dia. | overall: 16.75" h
UL rated | requires 1x60W bulb

$335.75 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
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George Nelson

George Nelson (1908ľ1986) was an American industrial designer, and one of the founders of American Modernism. While Director of Design for the Herman Miller furniture company, both Nelson, and his design studio, George Nelson Associates, Inc., designed much of the 20th century's most iconic modernist furniture. George Nelson attended Yale University, not originally intending to become an architect. He happened upon the architecture school while ducking into the building to get out of the rain, and was impressed by an exhibition inside. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1928. During his final year at Yale, Nelson was hired by the architecture firm Adams and Prentice as a drafter.

Herman Miller

Herman Miller was a West Michigan businessman who helped his son-in-law, D.J. De Pree, buy the Michigan Star Furniture Company in 1923. De Pree had been working at the company, which opened in 1905, since he was hired in 1909 as a clerk. De Pree knew his father-in-law was a man of integrity, so he decided to rename the company after him. By the middle of the 20th century, the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with ômodernö furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.

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