As Elemental as Light
In charming spherical silhouettes, the Nelson Bubble Lamps add a touch of softness and luminosity to interiors. This particular fixture allows the combination of three different Bubble Lamps, creating a charming installation of pendant lights.
The Bubble Lamps were first designed in 1952, when Nelson was impressed by a set of Swedish hanging lamps. Their prohibitive price prompted Nelson to design his own, and the result was this timeless collection of pendants, sconces, tripods, table, and floor lamps that compliment contemporary interiors as easily and beautifully as they did mid-century homes.
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.
Width 105 mm
Lamps sold separately. Use with small pendant lamps only.
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.
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.