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Herman Miller Nelson Bubble Pendant Saucer

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While outfitting his office, architect and Herman Miller design director George Nelson discovered a silk-covered Swedish hanging lamp that he coveted but found too expensive. He then recalled seeing a photo in the paper of Liberty ships being mothballed “by having the decks covered with netting and then being sprayed with a self-webbing plastic,” which got him thinking. “And then, Whammo!” Inspiration struck, and by the next night, Nelson had designed his first Bubble Lamp (1952) by spinning a skeleton of steel wires on a turntable and shooting it with translucent plastic until it was covered in a smooth, washable film. “When you put a light in it, it glowed,” he said. This is the authentic Bubble Lamp, produced in partnership with the George Nelson Foundation. Bulb (not included): LED, CFL or incandescent; E26 base; 60W max for small, 150W max for others.


  • Provides soft, glowing light.
  • Translucent plastic polymer shade with visible steel infrastructure.
  • Organic shape.
  • Brushed, nickel-plated steel ceiling plate.
  • Small

Height : 6.69 inches (17 cm)

Diameter : 17.32 inches (44 cm)

Weight : 2.21 lbs (1 kg)

Cord Length : 119.69 inches (304 cm)

Max/Min Wattage : 60 watt

  • Medium

Height : 9.84 inches (25 cm)

Diameter : 24.8 inches (63 cm)

Weight : 6.61 lbs (3 kg)

Cord Length : 119.69 inches (304 cm)

Max/Min Wattage : 150 watt

  • Steel frame
  • Translucent plastic polymer shade
  • Brushed, nickel-plated steel ceiling plate

George Nelson

Possessing one of the most inventive minds of the 20th century, George Nelson was the rare person who can envision what isn’t there yet. Nelson felt that designers must be “aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society and thus cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.”

  • Plastic Polymer (Lamp)
  • Normal cleaning, Use a feather duster, a clean soft white cloth, or vacuum with a clean soft brush attachment as needed. For stubborn stains, clean the surface using a soft clean white absorbent cloth with a solution of mild soap and warm water. Wipe down surfaces with the damp cloth and dry with a clean soft white cloth.
  • Avoid using glass cleaners, abrasive cleaning compounds, ammonia, or bleach; they may damage the surface of the plastic and result in discoloration. Make sure cleaning materials are free of grit and other foreign materials.
  • Coated Metal (Brushed Nickel Trim)
  • Normal cleaning, Wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks with pre-softened paste wax, following the instructions on the label. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen.
  • Do not use abrasive, acid, alcohol–based, or solvent–based cleaners; they may damage the paint finish.
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