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Cigar - Criss Cross Lamp

By George Nelson, from George Nelson Bubble Lamps
$325.00
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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 elongated diffuser of the Cigar "CC" Lamp is highlighted by a visible criss cross pattern in its steel framing. 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
  • Small: 14"H X 10.5"D
  • Medium: 21"H x 11.5"D
  • Ceiling Plate: 5.25"D
  • 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
Click to download specifications.
Item Number
BUB-CIGAR-CC

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 elongated diffuser of the Cigar "CC" Lamp is highlighted by a visible criss cross pattern in its steel framing. 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 5 out of 5 by from Classic and Timeless This lamp is a classic! This is our second cigar criss cross. Hanging this in the living room with the other one so that they are a pair. Love it! Shipping took longer than expected due to Modernica computer systems being down.
Date published: 2011-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful product, best in the lighting category! We saw two small cigars hanging on each side of the bed on an episode of HGTV, so we decided to try the Medium Cigar Criss-Cross with the same set-up. We were not disappointed! The Criss-Cross has a certain elegance, and the lamps put out wonderful, glare-free light! Well packaged, well built lamps (exceeded our expectations) Wonderful Ccustomer service and quick delivery.
Date published: 2011-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Design classics for the ceiling. They arrived quickly and look great. They are beautifully made and I plan on enjoying them for a long time to come. I bought a pair and it was not easy to hang them at the same height out of the box. I used a zip tie around the cord to set the height and all was well. For this price it should have a better height adjustment than a knot in the cord.
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I recently received my Nelson bubble lamp. As I expected, I absolutely love it. It looks great in my kitchen. I was looking for something to go with the modern decor in my kitchen. It also compliments the Nelson saucer lamp in my dining room. You can't go wrong with one of these lamps. They are unique, yet classic.
Date published: 2013-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nelson Classic! We love purchasing our lighting upgrades at Y Lighting. In particular this Cigar Criss Cross Nelson Lamp is great. Other online sites had a hard time keeping this one in stock. The package came quickly and was packed extremely well. LOVE that they have modern lighting.
Date published: 2010-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful lamp Beautiful look and easy installation. Cigar-shaped hanging fixture fits perfectly in our stairwell, and the criss-cross pattern is elegant. Saw the same lamp for considerably more at a lighting center.
Date published: 2010-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love these lights I purchased this these lights to match the extra large criss cross lamp. They complete the look of my house perfectly, they are so organic by day and set a beautiful ambiance by night.
Date published: 2010-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb product, delivered ontime. Great customer service, efficient and accurate. The light I purchased is in fact more beautiful than the catalogue photograph suggests.
Date published: 2013-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome. George Nelson say no more
Date published: 2010-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome. George Nelson say no more
Date published: 2010-09-13
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