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Nelson Bubble Pendants
George Nelson, 1947

Nelson Bubble Pendants George Nelson, 1947

In conjunction with HAY’s partnership with Herman Miller, HAY will be the European distributor of iconic George Nelson’s Bubble Lamp, first produced in the 1950s.

Designed by pioneering American designer George Nelson in 1947, and first produced in 1952, the Bubble lamp signaled a revolution in the Modernist lighting industry. Available in an assortment of organic sizes and shapes, these elegant orbs were inspired by a set of silk-covered Swedish pendant lamps Nelson wanted for his office, but found to be too expensive. Employing the resourcefulness that characterized his working process,

he decided to use a self-webbing plastic spray developed by the U.S. military, and applied it over a lightweight, rounded-steel frame to produce these soft, glowing fixtures.

George Nelson : “It was important to me to have certain status symbols around, and one of the symbols was a spherical hanging lamp made in Sweden. It had a silk covering that was very difficult to make.... But I wanted one badly. Suddenly an image popped into my mind.... It was a picture in the NYT 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! We rushed back to the office and made a roughly spherical frame; we called various places until we located the manufacturer of the spiderwebby frame. By the next night we had a plastic-covered lamp and when you

put a light in it, it glowed and it did not cost $125.”

All Bubble Lamp models are produced in the same American factory that originally developed 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

Light source 1 x E27, bulb not included

Cord 183 cm with metal canopy

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 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 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

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.