A Soft Radiance
The Nelson Bubble Lamps are a versatile and unique addition to any interior with their various spherical shapes. The perfectly rounded shape of the Nelson Ball Criss-Cross Bubble Pendant has an interesting contour due to the bisecting pattern in its under-structure. In 1952, Nelson was inspired by set of Swedish hanging lamps that were tediously crafted with a silk covering. The bigger challenge, however, was their expensive price. Nelson decided to make his own set, and arrived at an innovative process that replaced the silk shade with a translucent plastic material, making them available at a modest price. Complete with a nickel-plated steel ceiling plate and a 6-foot cord.
A Designer of Icons
One of the most influential designers of mid-century modernism in America, George Nelson served as Director of Design at Herman Miller for more than 25 years. During this time, he designed iconic pieces like the Marshmallow Sofa, elegant storage furniture like the Thin Edge series, and curated what became known as the Herman Miller Collection, a comprehensive set of products “designed to meet fully the requirements for modern living.” The Nelson Bubble Lamps, with their delicate, floating quality and multiple variations, were designed to enhance the experience of modern living.
In 1952, Nelson was inspired by a set of silk-covered Swedish hanging lamps that were lovely, but expensive and tedious to craft. “The Swedish design was done in a silk covering that was very difficult to make; they had to cut gores and sew them onto a wire frame. But I wanted one badly,” Nelson wrote. He designed the first prototype with a white plastic spray that was used by the U.S. military after World War II to create a protective covering for military ships and planes that were being stored at the time. He fashioned the basic spherical wire cage, and then sprayed it with this resinous lacquer. A final coat of plastic was applied, giving the shades their smooth, translucent skin. Today, Nelson Bubble lamps continue to be made the same way, with slight updates to extend their durability.
Small – 325 x 305 mm
Use with up to 13 watt CFL bulb. Light bulb not included.
Medium – 485 x 395 mm
Use with up to 32 watt CFL bulb. Light bulb not included.
No assembly required.
Care & Maintenance:
With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain the finish quality of your Herman Miller product, please follow the cleaning procedures provided below. The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.
Plastic Polymer - Lamp
Use a feather duster, a clean soft white cloth, or vacuum with a clean soft brush attachment as needed. For stubborn stains, clean the surface using a soft clean white absorbent cloth with a solution of mild soap and warm water. Wipe down surfaces with the damp cloth and dry with a clean soft white cloth.
Avoid using glass cleaners, abrasive cleaning compounds, ammonia, or bleach; they may damage the surface of the plastic and result in discolouration. Make sure cleaning materials are free of grit and other foreign materials.
Coated Metal - Brushed
Nickel Trim Normal Cleaning
Wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks with pre-softened paste wax, following the instructions on the label. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen.
Do not use abrasive, acid, alcohol–based, or solvent–based cleaners; they may damage the paint finish.