Nelson Angled Sphere Bubble Pendant

Nelson Angled Sphere Bubble Pendant

Designed by George Nelson

George Nelson famously modelled his Bubble Lamps after an impossibly expensive silk-covered Swedish lamp with which he fell in love. The Angled Sphere Pendant features warm radiant light and casts an ethereal glow wherever it shines.

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The gently angled lines of its steel understructure bring a unique yet familiar shape into any interior. This pendant comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large, complete with a ceiling plate and an adjustable 3-metre cord. George Nelson first designed the Bubble Lamps in 1952 after coming across a Swedish hanging lamp that he wanted for his office. Challenged by the expensive price, he decided to make his own. Rediscovered from the George Nelson Foundation archives, the Nelson Angled Sphere Bubble Pendant was added to the series in 2018.

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.

Resin Resonates

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.

General Dimensions:

Height: 241 mm
Diameter: 356 mm

Use with up to 13 watt CFL bulb. Light bulb not included.

Height: 381 mm
Diameter: 508 mm

Use with up to 32 watt CFL bulb. Light bulb not included.

Height: 559 mm
Diameter: 711 mm

Use with up to 32 watt CFL bulb. Light bulb not included.

No assembly required.
Hardwiring required.

➤ Nelson Bubble Lamp Assembly Instructions

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

Normal Cleaning

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.

➤ Nelson Bubble Lamp Care & Maintenance