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Nelson™ Bubble Lamp Saucer

by George Nelson, from Herman Miller ®

nelson™ bubble lamp saucer

nelson™ bubble lamp saucer

Design George Nelson, 1952
Steel skeleton, self-webbing soft plastic
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). The saucer is available in four sizes. Bulb is not included.

UL rated | 150 watt max* | *60W max for small size

small: 7" h | 17.5" dia | cord: 10' feet
medium: 10" h | 25" dia | cord: 10' feet
large: 14" h | 35" dia | cord: 10' feet
x-large: 22" h | 50" dia | cord: 10' feet

$395.00 + free shipping
(please allow 20-30 business days for this product to ship)

George Nelson

George Nelson (1908–1986) 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 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 modern furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces that would become classics of industrial design.


nelson™ bubble lamp saucer

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Crisscross saucer is perf
, more than a month ago.
We bought the crisscross and are thrilled.

We have one MCM statement piece in each room, and the saucer pendant is absolutely a standout. It's classy and bold and not too cutesy. The light it gives is soft and welcoming. At low level, the 150 bulb gets orange-y and intimate.

The Crisscross is just a little more svelte than the original saucer. We are thrilled. And Hive got it to us quick with no hassle.

We will happilywork with Hive again.
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really great lamp
, more than a month ago.
We've waiting one of these for a while and finally purchased one, the quality of the light this lamp gives off is just lovely. The shape tiles our vintage/modern dining room together.

Arrived much faster than the first promised ship date.
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Saucer made it home!
, more than a month ago.
Great classic by George Nelson. We purchased the large saucer for our dining room and I should say it really adds something to the room & the lighting of our space ! great design, refined light , pure visual pleasure!
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Love our bubble lamps!
, more than a month ago.
We have mainly mid-century furnishings in our home and just added our third Nelson bubble lamp - a large saucer pendant over our in dining table. They create a distinctive contemporary look and a lovely warm glow when lighted.
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fabulous lamp
, more than a month ago.
Had my eye on this lamp (medium saucer) for years. Now that I have it installed above our dining table, it completely surpasses my expectations. It is stunning. It creates a warm, enveloping light that is gentle to the eye and perfect to dine to. Could not be happier with the purchase. Just hope that the white lamp holds up well and that it can easily cleaned of dirt and dust.
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