Design by George Nelson, 1947.
Without question, the George Nelson Bubble Lamp® Cigar Floor Lamp is a tried-and-true standard of the modern vocabulary. George Nelson designed the first lamps in 1947. These lamps, with their simple sculptural shapes, are constructed of an innovative taut plastic that coats a steel wire-frame. Nelson's unique design and ingenious use of materials prove to eliminate glare and provide an abundant, yet diffused light. A quality which alone is unique to this material.
From the forming of the wire-frame, to the spraying of the vinyl form, one-by-one, each Bubble Lamp is constructed to last decades and each Bubble Lamp is built to George Nelson’s original specifications. These famous lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Floor lamp offered in brushed nickel finish with a brushed nickel or walnut base. Select from three shade sizes.
Shown in large with brushed nickel stem and base.
Made in the U.S.A.
Material(s): Polymer, steel, wood
Bulbs: 1 X 150W medium incandescent bulb (not included)
Modern and Chic!
By: Taylor, Homeowner (California, USA)
I purchased the Lotus Floor Lamp in the large size a couple weeks ago. I love it! It has brightened up my office and added a chic and modern feel to my room. I received such great customer service working with YLiving. The lamp came in a week, it was in two boxes, the shade and the stand and aslo came with a lightbulb. It was so easy to assemble. It was exactly what I was looking for to add a little design and light to my space. Thank you YLiving can't wait to find my next purchase on your site.
Great design and nice options for sizes.
By: Virginia, Architect (Baltimore, Md)
Good proportions, well made. Shipped quickly and well wrapped.
A classic that stays modern!
By: Muffincloud, Designer (Tokyo)
This lamp is gorgeous! It gives a soft glow to any room. I placed mine in a dark corner of my living room. It lights up the room while not taking away from my other designer pieces. Highly recommend!
A beautiful mid-century designed lamp
By: Jason P., Homeowner (Hayward, CA)
We bought the medium size because it looks the most proportionate to us, and doesn't overshadow other pieces in our bedroom. The light cast from the lamp is very evenly distributed.
By: Deepa S, Renter (San Francisco)
This was a beautiful, simple lamp that we are actually using the in living room. We have replaced the bulbs with incandescent bulbs for a warm light. It would have been perfect if it had come with a dimmer, but otherwise very satisfied.
By: Steven S., Renter (Irvine)
Simply Gorgeous, what can I say? Yliving is very easy to deal with.
By: Pablo, Homeowner (Denver)
Love the Lotus Floor Lamp. Mine is the small version, and it fits well proportionally in the small room where I put it. It puts out a nice light, the rubbery lampshade is very cool, and the lamp looks great overall. I wish it had a dimmer, but that's the only downside.
Sturdy, extremely well made, stylish piece.
By: Steve, Renter (Orange County, CA)
This is a very stylish piece that commends total attention in a room. Very sturdy and well constructed. Yliving is a breeze to deal with. I love the fact that there is no delivery charge and tax on my order!
The lamp makes my room have a warm glow.
By: John P., Homeowner (San Rafael CA)
The lamp has a small footprint but makes a large impression on a room.
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