HAY Nelson Cigar Crisscross Bubble Pendant Lamp by George Nelson

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The Cigar Crisscross Bubble Pendant Lamp by George Nelson. In conjunction with HAY’s partnership with Herman Miller, HAY will be the European distributor of George Nelson’s iconic Bubble Lamp, first produced in the 1950s.

The Nelson Cigar Crisscross Bubble Pendant is part the Nelson Bubble Lamp series, a group of lighting fixtures in charming, spherical shapes. The elongated sphere of this lamp has an interesting crisscross pattern in its underlying structure. George Nelson, inspired by a set of silkcovered Swedish hanging lamps, designed the series in 1952.

Designed by pioneering American designer George Nelson in 1947, and first produced in 1952, the Bubble lamp signalled a revolution in the Modernist lighting industry. Available in an assortment of organic sizes and shapes, these elegant orbs were inspired by a set of silk-covered Swedish pendant lamps Nelson wanted for his office, but found to be too expensive. Employing the resourcefulness that characterised his working process, he decided to use a self-webbing plastic spray developed by the U.S. military, and applied it over a lightweight, rounded-steel frame to produce these soft, glowing fixtures.

All Bubble Lamp models are produced in the same American factory that originally developed them in the 1950s. The Bubble Lamp is produced in several shapes, including the classic spherical ball shape and an elongated oval shape. Each model has a steel-wire skeleton on the interior, which is spray coated with the translucent plastic polymer Nelson first encountered in that 1947 photograph of U.S. military ships, resulting in a lamp, that is both opaque and transparent as it glows. Bubble Lamps are available from HAY in pendant- and wall-lamp styles.

As a product that embodies Nelson’s obsession with new materials and technologies, the Bubble Lamp is perfectly at home among HAY’s extensive lighting collection, which features innovative products by some of the world’s most respected contemporary designers. At the same time that it represents a moment of pure revolution from Modernism’s heyday, it also brings a sense of heritage and history that anchors the collection.

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