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Ball Lamp

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

George Nelson Bubble Lamps® were originally designed in 1947 and were produced through the late 1970's. This inventive series features various dimensional shapes in soft white polymer over steel framing. One of the most defining lighting collections in mid-century modern design, it boasts lasting appeal and quality construction.

The spherical Bubble Ball Lamp from the series has been 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. Offered in three sizes.

Dimensions
  • Small: 12"H x 12.75"Dia
  • Medium: 15.5"H x 19"Dia
  • Large: 23"H x 26.75"Dia
  • Ceiling Plate: 5.25"Dia
  • 6 feet of field-adjustable cord
Material(s)
Plastic, Steel
Lamp Type
INCANDESCENT
Bulbs
1 X 150W 120V E26 medium base A21 incandescent lamp (not included)
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Item Number
BUB-BALL

Design by George Nelson, 1947.
By Modernica®.

George Nelson Bubble Lamps® were originally designed in 1947 and were produced through the late 1970's. This inventive series features various dimensional shapes in soft white polymer over steel framing. One of the most defining lighting collections in mid-century modern design, it boasts lasting appeal and quality construction.

The spherical Bubble Ball Lamp from the series has been 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. Offered in three sizes.

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 4 out of 5 by from Love this George Nelson Ball Lamp!!! We bought this light for our entry way & it makes quite a statement. It gives off such a nice light & looks beautiful. Pricing on these lamps are pretty standard, but the free shipping YLighting offers is great. Very happy with this purchase.
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect size Bought the small ball lamp for our small den. It was easy to install and looks fantastic!
Date published: 2011-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mid-Century Bubble Lamp The medium bubble lamp looks great in our home!
Date published: 2012-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific! We ordered three of these GN pendants and hung all of them together, they are really gorgeous and make quite a statement! Our electrician installed them in no time at all and they are really stunning especially at night. No one ever remarked about our last light fixture (which was new) but everyone notices these pendants right away, they are very unique and modern. The only reason I didn't give it five stars is because the price is somewhat high for the simplicity of the pendant but I do realize that I am paying for George Nelsons fame and design. Your site had a good price and of course no tax with free shipping, what else can you ask for!
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The George Nelson Ball lamp is sensation! I had been looking endlessly for two hanging lamps for an 1820's house we are restoring/rehabbing to live in. Our design philosophy? Anything that looks old is original to the property and the rest is uncomplicated modern. The hanging lamps in question needed to look modern but not obtrusive, and we wanted the light to expose the walls and ceiling in a stairwell landing. Finally I saw the George Nelson lamps. The Ball lamp is the perfect size and shape for our needs. We could not be happier and would recommend it without hesitation: wonderful appearance and material with excellent light distribution.
Date published: 2011-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't wait to install it! I've always loved the simplicity of the ball lamps and knew that I would eventually purchase one when we started our remodeling project. We first purchased the medium ball lamp for our two-story foyer, but it looked a bit too large in our space. So we decided to use that lamp over the dining table and purchase the small ball lamp for the foyer. We haven't installed either lamp yet since we're still in the middle of our remodel, but both lamps arrived in perfect condition and I know they will complete the look we're going for. My only hesitation about ordering this lamp is that they have become quite common (and now we might be overdoing it by having two!). But when a classic is this good, it seems a shame to overlook it simply because it's popular.
Date published: 2012-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am very HAPPY with my Ball Lamp! The George Nelson Ball Lamp arrived in perfect condition, and was exactly as described on the site. It is a beautiful design and was very affordable. We put in a LED bulb with dimmer switch, and the lamp casts a warm, diffused light over our combined dining/living room. The medium size was the right fit for the 8' ceiling and it is hung just a tad lower than usual over the dining room table. The design is a classic: it is simple and elegant, but not at all cold and industrial looking. It combines wonderfully with our bamboo shades in the nearby bay window, and adds to our eclectic East-meets-West decor, I love the teahouse effect. I would definitely recommend the Ball Lamp and YLighting to anyone looking for a wonderful design at an affordable price.
Date published: 2013-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really simple, beautiful and affordable pendant! We love this pendant - bought the large for our staircase and totally love it. It fills the space beautifully and simply - exactly what we wanted. We bought the matching saucer for the upstairs hallway that the staircase leads to and they complement each other so well. We get compliments on them from everyone who sees them and we are overall tremendously happy with our purchases. Also Y Lighting was terrific - the first one we received was damaged during shipment and they sent another immediately.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Addition to Our Living Room We needed a nice warm light as a center piece for our large space - This Ball Lamp in medium was a perfect solution as it is large enough to have a presence without over powering the overall aesthetic of the space. The light is pleasant, not too harsh and not too soft. We have a 60watt bulb in it that works nicely. It is a simple, yet beautiful classic design piece that I would highly recommend to anyone! Enjoy!
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! I ordered this ceiling fixture after ordering two Nelson Cigar floor lamps. I was scared I would be over-doing the mid-century thing, as my house is quite small, but it all works. This small globe works perfectly in my tiny kitchen. I have a 150 watt bulb in it (love that these fixtures can handle high wattage), and it is totally softened by the shade. Unobtrusive and mellow. I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2011-10-31
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What type of mounting does the Ball Lamp have? Can you supply a diagram?

Asked by: JW11
Hi there, and thanks for your interest in this design. The canopy is a white, small circle with a diameter of 5.25". We apologize that we do not readily have a photo on our site, but the great thing about these fixtures is that the the cording is completely adjustable to suit a number of location constraints and ceiling heights. Thanks for checking in! Parin YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Parin
Date published: 2016-02-02

I would like to see the Installation Instructions and any spare parts that are available for the Ball Lamp.

Asked by: Morris
Thank you for your question. No assembly is required for the George Nelson Ball Lamp. But, installation instructions can be viewed directly on Modernica's website. Go to the link below, and click on the tab below the product picture labeled "Assembly" and you can download a PDF with installation instructions. We offer replacement parts orders as a service to our customers. Generally speaking if a part is still in production we can order it for any of the brands we carry. Please email us at: parts@ylighting.com and include a link to the product page, your name and phone number and we will get back to you soon with the price and availability for the parts you are looking for. Brian, YLiving Customer Support 866-842-6209
Answered by: Brian CS
Date published: 2015-06-02

Can this fixture be mounted outdoors in a sheltered patio location?

Asked by: SMarion
Hi there! These are not damp or wet rated so it is for indoor use only. Mounting it outdoors in a covered patio will still expose the fixture to greater or in some cases extreme moisture levels that would not be commonly found indoors in most North American Geographical locations (east coast to dry arid areas). You can mount it in such a location, but it is at your own risk. Should you require some additional clarification beyond this and would like to speak to a Product Specialist directly, feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209 and we can assist you. Thanks for contacting us! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2016-02-02

I have 13' ceilings on the floor these would go into. How long is the cord.  I need 2 smaller ones over a kitchen island and 1 larger one over a kitchen table. 

Asked by: grant
Hey there! Each pendant comes with 6 feet of wire that can be field shortened. You can order a longer cable at the time of placing your order. Special order requests can be easily made by simply working with one of our Product Specialists. They are more than happy to go over all of the illuminating options with you and help you find the combination that suits your lighting needs! Feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209. Stephanie, YLighting Team
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2015-09-04

what is the width dimensions? also is the material plastic pollmer?

Asked by: louvenia
The widths are 12.75", 19" and 26.75" depending on size. They are manufactured from plastic and steel.
Answered by: CommunityAnswer
Date published: 2016-02-02
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