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George Nelson for Howard Miller Bell Pendant Bubble Lamp

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Designed in the 1950s this is one of the rarer George Nelson bubble lamp forms, the bell. This bell shaped pendant still retains its original Howard Miller labels, original patinated skin, and original brass components. Pendant has original brass bullet "swag extender" which allows you to pull on cord to temporarily elongate and shorten the drop on the pendant by around 12". The pendant also has a very long cord which has been wired to a plug to be used as a swag light. The lamp has original white cord attached which can be used to hard wire the pendant if desired.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950s
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    There is patina / oxidation on the brass parts of the piece, as well as a light yellowish patina on the pendant itself. Minimal wear consistent with age and use. There is one very small snag/hole on the bottom of the pendant on one of the spines.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 14.5 in. x W 18.5 in. x D 18.5 in.H 36.83 cm x W 46.99 cm x D 46.99 cm
  • Seller Location
    Las Vegas, NV
  • Reference Number
    LU1139212920961
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About George Nelson (Designer)

Architect, designer, and writer, George Nelson was a central figure in the mid-century American modernist design movement; and his thoughts influenced not only the furniture we live with, but also how we live.

     Nelson came to design via journalism and literature. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale in 1931, he won the Prix de Rome fellowship, and spent his time in Europe writing magazine articles that helped bring stateside recognition to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier and other canonical modernist architects. In the 1940s, Nelson wrote texts that suggested such now-commonplace ideas as open-plan houses, storage walls and family rooms. D.J. Depree, the owner of the furniture maker Herman Miller Inc., was so impressed by Nelson that in 1944 — following the sudden death of Gilbert Rohde, who had introduced the firm to modern design in the 1930s — he invited Nelson to join the company as its design director.

     There Nelson’s curatorial design talents came to the fore. To Herman Miller he brought such eminent creators as Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and the textile and furniture designer Alexander Girard. Thanks to a clever contract, at the same time as he directed Herman Miller he formed a New York design company, George Nelson & Associates, that sold furniture designs to the Michigan firm, as well as its competitor, the Howard Miller Clock Company. Nelson’s New York team of designers (who were rarely individually credited) would create such iconic pieces as the “Marshmallow” sofa, the “Coconut” chair, the “Ball” clock, the “Bubble” lamp series and the many cabinets and beds that comprise the sleek “Thin-Edge” line.

     For dedicated collectors, as well as for interior designers who look beyond “the look,” there is a “cool-factor” inherent to vintage pieces from George Nelson and others. Nelson was in on it from the start, and it’s valuable to have a piece that was there with him. But still, as is evident from the offerings from dealers on these pages, in any of the designs, in any iteration whose manufacture Nelson oversaw and encouraged, there are shining elements of lightness, elegance, sophistication —and a little bit of swagger. George Nelson felt confident in his ideas about design and didn’t mind letting the world know.

Read more about George Nelson in Introspective Magazine

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