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Apple Lamp

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps
$345.00
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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
By Modernica®.

The modified orb shape of this lamp resembles the unassuming shape of an apple. From the George Nelson Bubble Lamp® series featuring dimensional shapes in soft white polymer over steel framing.

The collection was originally designed in 1947 and produced through the late 1970's. It remains one of the most defining lighting collections in mid-century modern design, it boasts lasting appeal and quality construction.

Reissued by Modernica® to its original specifications, using the original Howard Miller tooling. Part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Six feet of white cord is included in the assembly kit. Brushed Nickel ceiling plate.

Dimensions
  • Overall: 14"H X 21"Dia
  • Ceiling Plate: 5.25"Dia
  • 6 feet of field-adjustable cord
Material(s)
Plastic, Steel, Polymer
Lamp Type
INCANDESCENT
Bulbs
1 X 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)
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UL
Manufacturer Specifications
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Item Number
BUB-APPLE

Design by George Nelson, 1947.
By Modernica®.

The modified orb shape of this lamp resembles the unassuming shape of an apple. From the George Nelson Bubble Lamp® series featuring dimensional shapes in soft white polymer over steel framing.

The collection was originally designed in 1947 and produced through the late 1970's. It remains one of the most defining lighting collections in mid-century modern design, it boasts lasting appeal and quality construction.

Reissued by Modernica® to its original specifications, using the original Howard Miller tooling. Part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Six feet of white cord is included in the assembly kit. Brushed Nickel ceiling plate.

George Nelson Bubble Lamps

Mid-century classics designed by George Nelson. George Nelson Bubble Lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Modernica produces the classic Bubble Lamps according to George Nelson's 1947 specifications using the original Howard Miller tooling.

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George Nelson

When writing about the course of his remarkable 50-year career, George Nelson described a series of creative "zaps" — moments of out-of-the-blue inspiration "when the solitary individual finds he is connected with a reality he never dreamed of."

An early zap came in the 1930s, when he was an architectural student in Rome. Before returning home, an idea struck him: He would travel Europe and interview leading modern architects, hoping to get the articles published in the U.S. He succeeded, and in the process introduced the U.S. design community to the European avant-garde. This set in motion a sequence of what he called "lucky" career breaks that were really the inevitable outcomes of his brilliance as a designer, teacher, and author.

The first break was being named an editor of Architectural Forum magazine. Working on a story there in 1942, he was looking at aerial photos of blighted cities when--zap!--he developed the concept of the downtown pedestrian mall, which was unveiled in the Saturday Evening Post.

Soon after, another zap led to the Storagewall, the first modular storage system and a forerunner of systems furniture. The Storagewall was showcased in a 1945 Life magazine article, causing a sensation in the furniture industry. Herman Miller founder D.J. DePree saw the article and was so impressed that he paid a visit to Nelson in New York and convinced him to be his director of design, which spurred Nelson to found his design firm, George Nelson & Associates. The warm personal and professional relationship between Nelson and DePree yielded a stunning range of products, from the playful Marshmallow Sofa to the first L-shaped desk, a precursor of today's workstation.

Nelson once wrote that Herman Miller "is not playing follow-the-leader." That's one reason why George Nelson & Associates worked with Herman Miller for over 25 years as they shepherded design into the modern era.

During this same period, George Nelson & Associates also created many landmark designs of products, showrooms, and exhibitions for a variety of companies and organizations.

Nelson said that for a designer to deal creatively with human needs, "he must first make a radical, conscious break with all values he identifies as antihuman." Designers also must constantly be aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society. In fact, he declared that "total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything." So he said that rather than specializing, designers must cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.

Awards/Recognition
Prix de Rome for architecture, 1932
Best Office of the Year, New York Times, 1953
Gold Medal, Art Directors Club of New York, 1953
Good Design Award, Museum of Modern Art, 1954
Trailblazer Award, National Home Furnishings League, 1954
Chairman, International Design Conference in Aspen, 1965, 1982
Scholar in Residence, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Design, 1984
Lifetime Achievement Award, American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1991
Permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Nelson did so as few are able, and, with the help of well-timed zaps, he helped define modern, humane design.

- from HermanMiller.com

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful lamp! This lamp is incredibly beautiful and gives the perfect lighting and ambiance to my dining room! Love it! :)
Date published: 2011-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As expected, this classic Nelson Bubble Lamp looks amazing in our hallway. Exceptional customer service from YLighting an added bonus! We already knew that this Nelson Bubble lamp would suit our home. We were not disappointed. It is everything we hoped and more. YLighting's customer service is exceptional. Quick, fast and efficient transaction. Well packaged, quality product delivered on-time. Straight forward installation. No quibble price match guarantee. We cannot speak more highly of YLighting !
Date published: 2012-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As expected, this classic Nelson Bubble Lamp looks amazing in our hallway. Exceptional customer service from YLighting an added bonus! We already knew that this Nelson Bubble lamp would suit our home. We were not disappointed. It is everything we hoped and more. YLighting's customer service is exceptional. Quick, fast and efficient transaction. Well packaged, quality product delivered on-time. Straight forward installation. No quibble price match guarantee. We cannot speak more highly of YLighting !
Date published: 2012-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i an extremely happy with my choice of the george nelson apple lamp. my apple lamp was installed today and i am enjoying using the dimmer even when not in the kitchen. looks great when eating at the table or while seeing it from the family room. it is fun and can't wait to show the family. size was perfect for my 48 inch round table . (larger table any shape could carry this fixture) very pleased, so thank you. elizabeth wachter
Date published: 2010-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous ! Loved it! The apple shape is both elegant and fun. The quality of the lamp is great, the lamps (we ordered a few) arrived quickly and were very well packed. Loved the lamps and loved the whole process of ordering from YLighting- easy and professional. Thank you!
Date published: 2008-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product will be enjoyed for years to come! We are very happy with our recent Nelson lamp purchase. The quality/craftsmanship is exactly what we expected. The company was very professional and item received in a timely manner. This product will be in our home for years to come. Thank you!
Date published: 2013-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love our new nelson pendant light! Excellent service - our light arrived within days (much earlier than expected). I called to ask a few questions about the product before ordering - I received prompt and extremely helpful information. I was impressed with the service.
Date published: 2012-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Perfect. Our light is hung in an entryway that has just been built and it is just perfect. We have it on a dimmer and it looks great off, with low light or turned up all the way. That's rare in my experience. It makes the room.
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great light, affordable item big design impact Classic Nelson Bubble lamps are all fantastic fixtures which work well with a variety of styles. We're really happy with the Apple Lamp.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Piece Loving this design - It's the 4th George Nelson I've got from YLighting and going back for more Great service and shipping - Thank you
Date published: 2014-10-10
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