Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp® Diamond Pendant is a tried-and-true standard of the modern vocabulary. George Nelson designed the first lamps in 1947. These lamps with their simple sculptural shapes are constructed of an innovative taut plastic that coats a steel wire-frame. Nelson's unique design and ingenious use of materials prove to eliminate glare and provide an abundant, yet diffused light. A quality which alone is unique to this material.
Since 1989, Modernica has proven itself with its steadfast commitment to authenticity and craftsmanship. Being at the forefront of rediscovering and relaunching out-of-production pieces, Modernica still uses the same methods and materials to handcraft each lamp that were used in 1952 with Howard Miller’s first production.
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 lamp comes with a 5.25-inch brushed, nickel-plated steel ceiling plate and 6-feet of cord.
The George Nelson Bubble Lamp® collection is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Modernica is the official site for the George Nelson Bubble Lamp® Collection.
Handcrafted in Michigan, U.S.A.
SHIPPING IS FREE ON ALL BUBBLE LAMPS within the continental US.
Ships UPS ground within 3-5 business days of order placement.
Plastic coating over a steel wire-frame, brushed, nickel-plated steel
UL-listed. Bulb not included. 150W/120V.
UL-rated for bulbs up to 150 watts.
GU 24 Sockets are available upon request for orders of 10 lamps or more. Please send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to ordering.
The Diamond Pendant comes with a 5.25-inch brushed, nickel-plated steel ceiling plate and 6-feet of cord.
George Nelson designed the first lamps in 1947. The inspiration appeared to Nelson after a frustrating experience where he tried to buy a Swedish-made lamp on sale. His desire for the spherical shape and silk covering, which produced a soft light, was still too expensive. His wish for modern and high quality products for the many resulted in his brainstorm of the Bubble Lamp.
Many of Nelson’s designs have been attributed to a sudden inspirational moment and the Bubble Lamp was no exception. In recollecting how the design came to him Nelson has said, “…suddenly an image popped into my mind which seemed to have nothing to do with anything. It was a picture in The New York Times some weeks before which showed liberty ships being mothballed by having the decks covered with netting and then being sprayed with a self-webbing plastic… Whammo!”
Within the following days after his poor experience at the sale, he had tracked down a manufacturer of the self-webbing spray and tested a plastic covered lamp. His reasoning that there needed to be a modern lamp of a soft, glowing light quality, durable and for the masses produced the Bubble Lamp. In 1952 Howard Miller, the brother of Herman Miller, ran the first production of these lamps. It immediately became a ubiquitous symbol of modern living in the 1950’s. Variations of the lamp’s shape and stand were designed and made during its distribution with Howard Miller. They were discontinued in the 1970’s.
Modernica has been at the forefront of rediscovering and relaunching out-of-production pieces like the George Nelson Bubble Lamps. Maintaining the same methods and materials that were used from Howard Miller’s first production run, Modernica has been authentically handcrafting each lamp since 1989. From the forming of the wire-frame to the spraying of the vinyl form, each Bubble Lamp is constructed to last decades, all according to George Nelson’s original specifications.