Nelson Ball Tripod Lamp
George Nelson designed his famous Nelson Bubble Lamps in 1952. Inspired by silken Swedish hanging lamps, he used newer technologies to replicate the gentle white light that he found so entrancing. Consisting of a sturdy metal frame and plastic shell, these famous light fixtures appear soft yet durable. The organic shape and neutral white color further adds to the timeless and approachable silhouette that these lamps will bring to your home or office.
The Nelson Ball Tripod Lamp is a quaint and rotund lamp that's great for bedsides and desks. The understated tripod base provides the lamp with a modern and sleek aesthetic.
- Constructed of brushed, nickel-plated steel
- Comes with extra long 7'6" cord
Dimensions & Measurements
Overall: 12.75" w x 12.75" d x 14" h
- Use with up to a 150 watt bulb. Light bulb not included.
- 1-year Herman Miller Warranty.
- Assembly is required.
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.
A seemingly unrelated reference led to an intuitive idea. “It was hard to remember what $125 meant in the late forties....I was furious and was stalking angrily down the stairs when suddenly an image popped into my mind which seemed to have nothing to do with anything. 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...Whammo! We rushed back to the office and made a roughly spherical frame; we called various places until we located the manufacturer of the spiderwebby spray. By the next night we had a plastic-covered lamp, and when you put a light it in it, it glowed, and it did not cost $125. Howard Miller began producing Nelson Bubble Lamps in 1952.