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Small Ball - Criss Cross Lamp

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps®
$359.00
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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
By Modernica®.

George Nelson's 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 Criss Cross Ball Lamp pendant features a criss cross internal steel structure that adds a textural quality to the white polymer skin. 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
  • 12" H x 12.75" Dia
  • Ceiling Plate: 5.25" Dia
Material(s)
Polymer, steel
Lamp Type
INCANDESCENT
Bulbs
1 X 150W medium incandescent bulb (not included)
Listing
UL
Notes
Made in the U.S.A.
Item Number
BUB-BALL-CC-SMALL
Model(s)
BALL-CC

Design by George Nelson, 1947.
By Modernica®.

George Nelson's 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 Criss Cross Ball Lamp pendant features a criss cross internal steel structure that adds a textural quality to the white polymer skin. 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 4 out of 5 by from The George Nelson Classic Criss Cross Pendant perfectly solved my lighting needs. Love this light. Hung it over a breakfast table in an occasionally shadowy nook of the kitchen and found it beautifully illuminated the room without calling too much attention to itself. Its lines are clean and modern -- but the space was a traditional Spanish Mediterranean -- and yet they worked well together. An excellent purchase -- reasonably priced.
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this beautiful light! This classic Nelson ball is the perfect finish to our new, modern/mid-century bathroom. I love the interest the criss-cross adds and the soft, yet sufficient light it provides. The light arrived in a timely fashion, packed well, and in perfect condition. This is our second Nelson and it is well loved and treasured as is our saucer.
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from classic criss cross lamp I ordered both the criss cross saucer and the criss cross ball to use in two different, but adjacent areas in our home. I love the criss cross design, it adds a unique interest to the lamp. These lamps give off a great white light, that will enhance any room. I am so pleased with the product and the look.
Date published: 2013-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lighting fixture is very nice The criss cross lamp arrived on time and I am happy with its appearance. It seems made very well, it give off a nice light- I put it on a dimmer- and it makes a statement in the room while blending in with the rest of my decor. I am happy. I wish it came in other hues! :)
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect mid century modern look with function and style. This light fixture is so well designed with a perfect balance of form and function. The style is classic for mid century modern and has a nice elegance. Tasteful, bright light and easy to install. Love it!!!
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sleek, clean design. Great light for the price. Had the Glo Ball in my last home which is fabulous but more expensive. Easy to change bulb and not an obscure bulb to find. Only drawback is the white plastic cord.
Date published: 2013-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product- elegant, timeless design. YLighting is a great company to work with. Great web site, efficient sales and delivery process.. Good specials occasionally! My Go-To lighting site for over 10 years.
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Iconic product; Superior Customer Service We purchased the small Nelson crisscross ball pendant for a lighting renovation in our living room. We love it!
Date published: 2014-10-14
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