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Nelson™ Ball Pendant Lamp

Nelson™ Ball Pendant Lamp

Designed by George Nelson, produced by Herman Miller

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Item Number: 458
$295.00 - $455.00
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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.” This is the authentic Bubble Lamp, produced in partnership with the George Nelson Foundation. Bulb (not included): LED, CFL or incandescent; E26 base; 150W max. UL Listed. Made in U.S.A.

  • The Nelson Triple Bubble Fixture Kit (sold separately) accommodates three Nelson Ball, Cigar, Lantern, Pear or Saucer hanging pendants that are 19" in diameter or smaller.

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George Nelson
George Nelson

USA (1908–1986)

Possessing one of the most inventive minds of the 20th century, George Nelson was the rare person who can envision what isn’t there yet. Nelson described his creative abilities as a series of “zaps” – flashes of inspiration and clarity that he turned into innovative design ideas.


One such “zap” came in 1942, when Nelson conceived the first-ever pedestrian shopping mall – ...

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Small: H 12" Diameter 12.75" Cord L 72" Nelson™ Ball Pendant Lamp
Medium: H 15.5" Diameter 19" Cord L 72" Nelson™ Ball Pendant Lamp
Large: H 23.5" Diameter 26.75" Cord L 72" Nelson™ Ball Pendant Lamp

Materials

Plastic polymer; steel frame

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