George Nelson's Bubble Lamp Criss Cross Cigar is part of the iconic Bubble Lamp series that was first composed back in the early 1950's. The steel wire is encased with a plastic polymer that emits a diffuse light that helps to create a cosy and snug atmosphere without being too bright. The Bubble Lamp Criss Cross Cigar can be used thorughout the home and works well in a bedroom or a family living space. The Criss Cross Cigar is constructed with a detailed metal structure that can be seen through the shade when it is lit.
One of the most interesting and unique features of the lamps in the Bubble Lamp series is the material used to create the white lamp shade that is stretched across the metal frame. The material that is used on the Bubble Lamp Cigar was originally inspired by the materials used by the US Army in World War Two. George Nelson was inspired by the special plastic polymer spray used by the US Army to protect and keep old aircraft and ships in good condition. This material works so well because it retains its bright white colour when illuminated and makes it glow brightly with a perfectly subdued light.
1908-1986 (United States)
American industrial designer, George Nelson was one of the founders of American modernism. He was renowned for finding inspiration in the unlikeliest places. Instead of looking for a shape that resembled a human body, Nelson introduced the idea that anything could be turned into a unique furniture design. His most famous pieces are based on coconuts and marshmallows.
"I have never met a designer who was retained to keep things the same as they were”
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