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Nelson™ Saucer Bubble Pendant

 George Nelson
The Nelson Saucer Bubble Pendant, a wide, saucer-shaped ceiling lamp, illuminates the space around it in soft, diffused light as it floats overhead. The timeless Nelson Bubble Lamps, originally designed in 1952, beautifully complement contemporary interiors.

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    Nelson Saucer Bubble Pendant

    A soft radiance

    The Nelson Bubble Lamps are an assortment of lamps in various spherical silhouettes that emit an even quality of light. The wide shape of the Nelson Saucer Bubble Pendant, along with the gently flowing lines of its steel understructure bring a lovely shape and soft light into any interior. This pendant light is available in small, medium, large, and extra-large sizes. George Nelson first designed the series in 1952, when he came across a Swedish hanging lamp that he wanted to acquire for his office. He was challenged by the expensive price, which led to him making his own Bubble Lamp series.

    A Tale of Ingenuity
    An influential designer of mid-century modernism in America, George Nelson came across a set of hanging lamps from Sweden and loved everything about their modern aesthetic, except for their extravagant cost. "The Swedish design was done in a silk covering that was very difficult to make; they had to cut gores and sew them onto a wire frame. But I wanted one badly," Nelson wrote in his book, On Design, published in 1979.

    Resin Resonates
    A seemingly unrelated reference soon led to an intuitive idea. He recalled, "It was a picture in the New York Times some weeks before, which showed Liberty ships being mothballed by having the decks covered with netting and then being sprayed with a self-webbing plastic". Nelson located the manufacturer of this resinous plastic and used it in the making of the bubble lamps.

    A Luminous Skin
    The first prototype of the lamp was designed in a matter of two days. Nelson created the spherical frame with perforated rings that were inserted with steel wires, a construction that retained its shape under tension, required minimum tools and no welding costs. It was then sprayed with the resinous lacquer to form a fibrous web, and a final coat of plastic was applied, creating a smooth, translucent skin. And hence Nelson had added lighting installations to his expanding portfolio of work and introduced a beautiful, timeless lighting fixture to consumers at modest prices.

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