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Cigar Lamp

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps
$295.00
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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 Cigar Lamp features an elongated silhouette. 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: 13.8"H x 10"Dia
  • Medium: 21"H x 11.5"Dia
  • Large: 33"H x 14"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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UL
Manufacturer Specifications
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Item Number
BUB-CIGAR

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 Cigar Lamp features an elongated silhouette. 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 5 out of 5 by from Cigar Lamp rocks our foyer! We first ordered the George Nelson Bubble Lamp for our dining room and loved it so much we followed up with the Cigar Lamp for our foyer. The two lamps reference each other but also remain distinct from each other as well. The pairing add style and nuance to our 50s atomic ranch!
Date published: 2011-05-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Cigar Lamp We bought this lamp to go at the end of a long hallway we have. It looks amazing. We also bought the large Ball Lamp. We are very happy with both items. The prices were good & we loved the free shipping.
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic classic lighting there is always a shape or size that i can spec for a project. the light is diffused but bright enough for general lighting for a space. always a great solution!
Date published: 2012-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warm Glow Light is perfect in front of window in the foyer of our midcentury home. The light quality is great -- a nice warm glow.
Date published: 2012-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! Gorgeous addition as bedside lamps, bring an amazing light to the room!
Date published: 2012-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mid Century Love! 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 5 out of 5 by from I love you George Nelson. I ordered two small cigar lamps to hang over the bedside tables in the master bedroom. They hang pretty low and they look awesome! I keep going up there and flipping on the switch so I can admire them. As to whether they were easy to install, I cannot say; I had an electrician come in to do it (he was here all day). I had pull switches installed on each lamp so that my husband and I can just turn them on/off with out having to get out of bed. The electrician had to install ceiling fan mounts in the attic so that our tugging on the chain doesn't pull the lights right out of the ceiling. Very happy with product/purchase & quick shipping!
Date published: 2010-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smokin' Cigar Lamp! My Mid-Century Modern wife has been eying the George Nelson Bubble Lamps for years. She's in orbit with the cluster of Saucer, Cigar and Pear Lamps that remind her of the Nelson Bubbles that once hung in her childhood home. The elongated Cigar Lamp in our archway creates a perfect balance with the alternating shapes and varying heights that play between the three Bubble Lamps. The lengthly cord gave us plenty of options to adjust the height to our liking, and hangs beautifully from our gently vaulted ceiling. We have the lights on a dimmer and love the unique, soft glow that illuminates throughout the room. We highly recommend these ultra-cool lamps!
Date published: 2012-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good light, easy install Attractive, stylish light that is rather simple to install. The copper conductor on the cord is slightly beefy compared to the flimsy product on the market - refreshing. As result it takes a higher watt bulb. The fabric on this light is said to be a type of plastic, but it resembles more of a stretch fabric; you won't really notice any plastic at all. It is rough, stretchy and will be difficult to dust by traditional methods. Generally seems as if it is fairly puncture prone as your fingers sink into it with significant ease upon handling. Overall good value for what you get, does not look cheap and was easy to install.
Date published: 2013-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect retro statement! We had George Nelson bubble lights hanging in our home when I was growing up in the 50's. They were sturdy, beautiful and interesting, and that's what they are today. When we needed to replace our old fluorescent fixture, we ordered 3 small cigar lights to hang over our new kitchen island. They are all that I remember. Even the small ones are impressive--we didn't need all 3 for over the island, so we hung one over the sink. There were no installation problems. It took longer to remove the old fixture than to put in the new ones. Everyone comments on how amazing they look, and our contractor called them "awesome". They were very well packed and arrived very quickly. I will definitely be ordering from YLighting again.
Date published: 2013-08-12
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Cigar Lamp is rated 4.7519 out of 5 by 129.
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Can a plug be installed on nelson pendants to adapt to a light strip on the ceiling? Sloped ceiling adaptable? 

Asked by: nocluesue
Hi there! You certainly can have a certified electrician alter the light to a plug in, instead of hard wired. Modernica has advised that any post factory modifications will void the warranty, so be sure to inspect and test your fixture before altering it. There are customers who have had a lot of success with this modification though. Feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209 to discuss this fixture in greater depth, or to follow up with anything else. Thanks for reaching out! Stephanie, YLighting Customer Service
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2016-02-02

can i use an LED bulb in this?

Asked by: linklight
Certainly! As long as the bulb has a E26 medium base and does not exceed the equivalent of a 150 watt incandescent bulb, you should not have any problems. Thanks for reaching out. Please let us know if we can offer any additional clarification beyond this. Feel free to give us a call anytime at 866.842.6209 - we are happy to help!
Answered by: Stephanie P
Date published: 2015-12-30
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