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Cigar Lamp With Stand

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps
$335.00
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Design by George Nelson, 1947.
By Modernica®.

The Bubble Lamp range from designer George Nelson was originally designed in 1947 and produced through the late 1970's. This inventive collection of lights features 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 rounded tubular form of Nelson's Cigar Lamp nestles in a low, three pronged stand to create this unique table lamp. 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. Offered in three sizes.

Dimensions
  • Small with Stand: 15.8"H X 10"Dia
  • Medium with Stand: 23.5"H X 11.5"Dia
  • Large with Stand: 35"H X 14"Dia
  • 7.5 feet of 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-CIGARSTAND

Design by George Nelson, 1947.
By Modernica®.

The Bubble Lamp range from designer George Nelson was originally designed in 1947 and produced through the late 1970's. This inventive collection of lights features 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 rounded tubular form of Nelson's Cigar Lamp nestles in a low, three pronged stand to create this unique table lamp. 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. 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 5 out of 5 by from Nelson cigar bubble lamps are classic I love the lamp - now that I finally have it. I'd wanted one for years and when an old floor lamp died I decided I would replace it with something real and classic. The problem was that when my long anticipated purchase arrived it was defective - it wouldn't stand up straight because the stand was not centered properly when welded to the shade - the return was a huge hassle requiring many emails and phone calls to both Modernica and Yliving - now that I have the replacement lamp I'm happy
Date published: 2012-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful shape and light quality I bought the large size cigar shape table lamp. I got it because I needed a lamp that could take at least a 150w bulb-- bright for a large, dark corner, but also one that would be diffuse. I have bought three other lamps for this space that did not work, but this one is a keeper. The large size is bold-- even with 12' ceiling height, a 36" tall shade packs a lot of presence. But the light quality is very soft and even. Don't try a CFL bulb though, the shade is too white and the effect is eerie and clinical. I wasn't bothered by the quality of the feet/stand as other people have mentioned, but maybe because they are hardly noticable in the large size. Nice push button switch but could use a dimmer.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful light quality, but object itself not as amazing. We purchased two of this cigar bubble lamp for clients after purchasing four Nelson Bubble pendants that they loved. The light quality from all of the above is fantastic and the resin material is good looking from a distance (a little weird and rubbery up really close or to the touch). Our only complaint is that the metal stand of the cigar lamps seemed a bit cheap looking and brought the over all look of the light down a bit. One rubber foot was missing.
Date published: 2009-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bubble Cigar Lamp with Stand We have a mid-century modern home that was crying for just the right table lamp to go with our mid-century modern furniture. Since we buy all our lamps from YLighting, this was where we turned, and the Bubble Cigar Lamp with Stand was exactly what we were looking for. It's smart looking, beautifully made, and a thing of beauty. We're so pleased with our purchase. Yeah for YLighting!!
Date published: 2011-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Glow! We have always loved George Nelson lighting and furniture and were so pleased to find this lamp at ylighting for such a nice price and free shipping. It puts out a beautiful glow and I couldn't be happier with it. Modernica has done a wonderful job of reproducing. Thank you for the excellent service!
Date published: 2009-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this lamp speaks for itself... the nelson bubble lamp is a classic that speaks for itself...beautifully made, ylighting makes getting the classic design lighting pieces fast and easy. prices can't be beat, lightening fast FREE shipping, no tax and great communication. doesn't get any better!!!!
Date published: 2009-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Lamp I was looking for an accent lamp for my Heywood Wakefield table for my office. It came packaged very securely and the product is very high quality. It is an accent lamp as it 'glows', it doesn't provide any direct light.
Date published: 2013-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous This really is a beautiful lamp. We purchased it to keep the Nelson theme going throughout our house. Keep in mind the medium is too big for a nightstand. If you are undecided go with the small.
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Product was absolutely as advertised, shipped as promised and arrived sooner than expected. Could not be more pleased with product and service.
Date published: 2011-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing! Great product. Material is great quality and the light that it gives off is amazing. I ordered four more, but of different shapes and sizes.
Date published: 2013-03-18
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