Nelson Ball Wall Sconce
by Herman Miller

$ $495.00 + Free Shipping

Nelson Ball Wall Sconce

by Herman Miller
SKU# 689
Herman Miller Authorized Retailer
$ $495.00 + Free Shipping

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    Product Overview

    Nelson Ball Wall Sconce

    Part of the Nelson Bubble Lamp series, this beautiful mid-century modern wall sconce fillings any workspace interior with a warm and diffused light. The Nelson Wall Sconce attaches to the wall using a walnut wall mount and steel arm. You can adjust the arm left and right, up and down, without needing to change its position on the wall.

    With a translucent shade and steel frame this classic mid-century modern design will add warmth and personality to any workspace. Designed by George Nelson in 1952 as part of the Nelson Bubble Lamp Collection, the Nelson Wall Sconce comes in a various spherical shapes and attaches to a wall with the help of a walnut wall-mount and steel arm with a swivel hang and a 12-foot plug-in cord. The design allows the light to be easily readjusted sideways, or to be shifted higher or lower.

    The Nelson Bubble Lamp collection was inspired by silk-covered Swedish hanging lamps and are available as pendants, sconces, tripods, table, and floor lamps.


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    Design Story

    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.

    George Nelson, Designer

    Before George Nelson came to America and began to make significant contributions in industrial design, he was an architectural student in Rome in the 1930s. At the time, he traveled across Europe and interviewed leading modern architects. Those articles were published in the U.S, introducing the design community to the European avant-garde.

    In 1945, Life magazine published an article on Nelson’s revolutionary concept of the Storage Wall, the first modular storage system and a forerunner of systems furniture. Herman Miller founder D.J. De Pree saw the article and was impressed with Nelson. He convinced him to join the company as director of design. A series of mid-century modern classics came from this collaboration, like the playful Marshmallow Sofa, the Thin Edge Storage series, and the first L-shaped desk, a precursor of today's workstation. During this time, he also curated the first Herman Miller Collection, a comprehensive set of products that related to each other, their surroundings, and had a minimal, functional aesthetic. Nelson explained, "total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything."


    Dimensions & Measurements

    Nelson Ball Wall Sconce

    • Shade Height: 12"
    • Mount Height: 16.75"
    • Shade Width: 12.75"
    • Overall Width: 21"
    Nelson Ball Wall Sconce Dimensions

    Use with up to a 150 watt bulb. Light bulb not included.

    1-year Herman Miller Warranty.