Design by George Nelson, 1947.
The Cigar Sconce with tall diffuser includes a 2" thick walnut wall mount, a brushed nickel arm that extends approximately 20" and an adjustable plug-in 12-ft. cord with counterweight. Plug-in cord, on/off switch located on the socket.
George Nelson's famous 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. Reissued by Modernica to the designer's original specs.
Made in the U.S.A.
Material(s): Polymer, steel
Dimensions: 10.5" Dia X 14" H
Bulbs: 1 X 150W medium incandescent bulb (not included)
i couldn't be happier!
By: Cathy N., Homeowner (santa cruz ca usa)
this product is outstanding in looks as well as quality and function. the look is clean and classy and addapts well with mid century,modern, or asian influence decor. the quality is top notch. the function is wonderful with excellent light dispersement and the swing arm to place the lighting just where needed. not cheap but well valued.
Great looking wall sconce
By: M.G., Homeowner (NYC)
Perfect mid-century modern wall sconce. Great light, easy adjustment.
By: Thomas G., Homeowner (Seattle)
Perfectly and safely packed and nicely shipped.
By: Sue L., Homeowner (Ventura, CA)
Got the sconces to free up bedroom nightstand space and provide good reading lights. I own several other Nelson Bubble lamps and they are truly classical. They provide excellent light, are cleanable and never seem to go out of style. This was my first order from YLiving...it went smoothly and shipment was prompt.
By: ModernChan, Homeowner (NJ)
This thing is so beautiful and built sturdy...gonna have to write down who gets these when I leave the planet. :p
It is beautiful and functional
By: Anne R., Homeowner (SArasota, Fl)
Again,it is beautiful and functional. I love having it in my room. I probably will order another - either that style of another.
Great retro light
By: Mark H., Homeowner (Seattle Washington)
I needed a light for a sitting area in my mid-century home. This lamp was perfect. Looks great, installs easily. Excellent service as always from YLiving.
Versatile and great looking.
By: Joel P., Homeowner (Miami, Florida)
I have a fascination for Nelson Bubble Lamps. This one is not an exception. The lamp is very well made. It has presence, style and character. For the price, there's no other alternative available. Craftsmanship is perfect and the combination of materials is what sets it apart. I love this lamp.
Designer: George Nelson
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.
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.comView other products by George Nelson
Manufacturer: George Nelson Bubble Lamps