Herman Miller® Nelson® Lotus Floor Lamps
George Nelson, 1947
An assortment of lights in various spherical silhouettes, the Nelson Bubble Lamps add a touch of softness and luminosity to interiors. Designed by George Nelson in 1952, these elegant fixtures are fashioned from a sturdy, lightweight steel frame yet have a delicate, floating quality, whether in ceiling-hung, floor, table, or wall-mounted variations.
Nelson was inspired by a set of silk-covered Swedish hanging lamps that he wanted to acquire for his office, but he found the price to be prohibitive. An ingenious and resourceful designer, he went on to create the first set of Nelson Bubble Lamps using a translucent white plastic spray, a technique developed by the U.S. military at the time. Nelson drew from elemental, organic shapes in making variations like the Apple Bubble Pendant, the Pear Wall Sconce, the Lotus Table Lamp, and the Saucer Pendant Lamp, among others.
Built to last a lifetime, the Nelson™ Lotus Floor Lamp is solidly constructed of brushed, nickel-plated steel. Each lamp stand has a 6.5 pound steel base for stability, a 9-foot cord, and an easy-to-use on/off floor switch. Now available with a solid walnut cap over the steel base. This floor lamp is available in two shapes: Cigar and Pear.
George Nelson designed the first lamps in 1947. The Bubble Lamp® collection, with their simple sculptural shapes, were constructed of an innovative resinous taut plastic that coats a steel wire-frame. Nelson’s unique design and ingenious use of materials prove to eliminate glare and provide an abundant, yet diffused light. A quality which alone is unique to this material.
The George Nelson Bubble Lamp® collection is featured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Herman Miller® is the official site for the George Nelson Bubble Lamp® Collection.