Nelson Bubble Lamp Pendant

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George Nelson’s Bubble Lamps were first conceived in 1947 when he was looking for a silk-covered Swedish pendant for his office. When he decided that wouldn’t be cost-effective or durable, he turned to a material technique used on ship decks that he discovered in a newspaper image. Available in pendant, floor, table, and wall lamp styles, each lamp is formed with a steel wire frame that’s spray coated with a translucent plastic polymer. The result is a sculptural lighting fixture that eliminates glare and is both opaque and transparent at the same time.

Photo: Sharyn Cairns

Written by Paige Alexus / Dwell