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nelson bubble lamp orbit

by George Nelson from Herman Miller ®

nelson bubble lamp orbit

Design George Nelson, 1952
Steel skeleton, self-webbing soft plastic, brushed 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.

Pendants include a brushed, nickel-plated steel ceiling plate with a 10-foot cord. UL-listed and rated for bulbs up to 150 watts, (small Saucer is rated for a 60 watt bulb). Bulb is not included.

small: 9.5" h | 14" dia | cord: 10' feet
medium: 15" h | 20" dia | cord: 10' feet
ceiling plate: 5.25" dia. | UL rated | 150 watt max

$395.00 + plus shipping
(Please allow 20-45 business days for this product to ship)
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George Nelson

George Nelson was a founder of Mid-Century American Modernism and a prolific designer. While Design Director for Herman Miller, Nelson & associates created modern icons such as the bubble lamp and the ball clock.
Herman Miller is synonymous with “modern” furniture. Creative director George Nelson recruited contemporaries Charles & Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and Noguchi to create a legendary furniture collection.

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