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Nelson Bubble lamps

Hay – George Nelson, 1947

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Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Thanks to the takeover of the Danish company Hay by the American Herman Miller, the collection of iconic Bubble lamps by George Nelson finally becomes accessible in Europe. Designed by the American designer George Nelson in 1947, produced for the first time in 1952, the Bubble lamps marked a breakthrough in the world of lighting.

Available in several sizes and shapes, these elegant orbs were inspired by George Nelson by a Swedish classic, a silk suspension stretched over a structure of thin wooden rods: Nelson wanted it for his office, but considered it too expensive. He replaced the silk with a polymer developed by the American army and the wooden sticks with a light steel.

George Nelson: “I liked being surrounded by certain objects that had become symbolic, including a spherical pendant light made in Sweden. It was made of silk and difficult to reproduce. Suddenly an image came to mind, seen in the New York Time YT a few weeks ago.

It showed Liberty ships being dry docked, covered in nets sprayed with self-leveling plastic… Whammo! I rushed to the office to make a roughly spherical frame, we called various manufacturers until we found the plastic polymer, and the next night we had an illuminated lamp that only cost $125.”

Bubble lamps are still produced in the same American factory that produced them in the 1950s.

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947
Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947
Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947
Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947
Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947
Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947
Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Light source 1 x E27, bulb not included

Cord 300 cm with metal canopy

Suspensions Nelson Bubble  George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Angled Sphere Bubble
Ø35,5 x H24 cm

Nelson Angled Sphere Bubble
Ø49,5 x H38,5 cm

Nelson Angled Sphere Bubble
Ø71 x H56 cm

Suspensions Nelson Bubble  George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Roll Bubble
Ø42 x H39 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Ball Bubble
Ø32,5 x H30,5 cm

Nelson Ball Bubble
Ø48,5 x H39,5 cm

Nelson Ball Bubble
Ø68 x H59,5 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Ball Crisscross Bubble
Ø32,5 x H30,5 cm

Nelson Ball Crisscross Bubble
Ø48,5 x H39,5 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Saucer Bubble
Ø44,5 x H18 cm

Nelson Saucer Bubble
Ø63,5 x H25,5 cm

Nelson Saucer Bubble
Ø89 x H33,5 cm

Nelson Saucer Bubble
Ø127 x H56 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Saucer Crisscross Bubble
Ø44,5 x H19 cm

Nelson Saucer Crisscross Bubble
Ø63,5 x H24 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Cigar Bubble
26,5 x H35,5 cm

Nelson Cigar Bubble
Ø33 x H53 cm

Nelson Cigar Bubble
Ø38 x H84 cm

Nelson Cigar Bubble
Ø47,5 x H127 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Cigar Crisscross Bubble
Ø26,5 x H35,5 cm

Nelson Cigar Crisscross Bubble
Ø33 x H53,5 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Pear Bubble
Ø33 x H32 cm

Nelson Pear Bubble
Ø43 x H48 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Pear Crisscross Bubble
Ø33 x H32 cm

Nelson Pear Crisscross Bubble
Ø43 x H48 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Apple Bubble
Ø53,5 x H37 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Propeller Bubble
Ø52 x H38 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Lantern Bubble
Ø28 x H26,5 cm

Suspensions Nelson Bubble  George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Bell Bubble
Ø106,5 x H73,5 cm

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

Fixture for triple pendant arrangement

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947
Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947
Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947
Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947
Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

George Nelson

George Nelson

Born in Connecticut, USA, George Nelson (1908-1986) was one of the most influential figures in the crucial early period of modern design. Trained at Yale as an architect and a fine artist, he believed that a designer’s job was to better the world, using the perfection of nature’s creations as his guide. Two formative years in Rome following his receipt of the prestigious Rome Prize brought him into contact with the world’s leading modernists, including Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Gio Ponti, and many others, and helped shape his career as a writer and industrial designer, who would change the course of history.

Nelson worked with Herman Miller for over 25 years, overseeing the company’s collaborations with Ray and Charles Eames, Harry Bertoia, Richard Schultz, Isamu Noguchi, and Donald Knorr. His iconic designs include the Marshmallow Sofa, the Ball Clock and the Coconut Chair, as well as the Bubble Lamp.