- I like my pendant lamps grouped together or in a bundle, which is why I'm excited about the recent reissue of a trio of George Nelson's Criss Cross Bubble Lamps by Los Angeles-based modern furniture…
Blown like bubble gum into a mould, these plastic spheres are metalized internally to give a mirrored finish. This internal metallic design focuses the brightness from the lamp, projecting a soft, broad beam of light.
- From the Marshmallow sofa to those glowing Bubble lamps, George Nelson’s designs are a must in many a modern interior. Here are 6 that stand out from the pages of Dwell.
This exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of George Nelson, one of the most influential figures in American design during the second half of the twentieth century. George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher presents more than 120 three- dimensional objects—furniture, cabinets, lamps, clocks, and more— including the “Coconut Chair” (1956), “Marshmallow Sofa” (1956), “Ball Clock” (1947), and “Bubble Lamps” (1952 onwards). These are supplemented by fifty-plus historical documents in the form of drawings, photographs, architectural models, and films. The exhibition is organized in five areas, each addressing a particular topic: Nelson and the House; Corporate Design; The Office; Exhibition Design (focusing on Nelson’s work as head designer for the 1959 American National Exhibition in Moscow); and Nelson as Author, Editor, and Visionary.
The Dear Ingo challenges preconceptions about everyday objects. Composed from 16 individual task lamps, the whole creates a dynamic chandelier. The spots can be directed, and the shape of the chandelier can be changed. Created in homage to the famed German lighting designer, Dear Ingo is now part of the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Lighting designer Tom Dixon released this pendant lamp in 2006 at the Milan Furniture Fair. The shade is constructed of plastic polycarbonate and sheathed in a mirror-like copper finish.
A hand-blown glass diffuser hangs from a chrome-plated steel stem and base in this truly one-of-a-kind design by Ernesto Gismondi for Artemide.
A smaller version of a design classic, this lamp plays with contrasts: What looks like a cool block of ice heats up when the light is switched on. The Block Lamp has won numerous awards and is part of MoMA’s permanent collection.