Nelson Saucer Bubble lamp - small

Nelson Saucer Bubble lamp - small


Architect George Nelson, who was Herman Miller’s design director from 1945 to 1972, once said, “Every truly original idea seems to find its most important expression in a chair.” And then he blew the doors off lighting design. While outfitting his office, Nelson discovered a silk-covered Swedish hanging lamp that he coveted but found too expensive. He then recalled seeing a photo in the paper of Liberty ships being mothballed “by having the decks covered with netting and then being sprayed with a self-webbing plastic,” which got him thinking. “And then, Whammo!” Inspiration struck, and by the next night, Nelson had designed his first Bubble Lamp® (1952) by spinning a skeleton of steel wires on a turntable and shooting it with translucent plastic until it was covered in a smooth, washable film. “When you put a light in it, it glowed.”


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Used in good condition. Includes approx 8" of cord for ceiling mounting.

Item Weight:     8.9 pounds

Product Dimensions:     17.5 x 7 inches

Assembled Height:     7 inches

Assembled Width:     17.5 inches

Material:     Steel

Finish:     Nickel