A status symbol in the eyes of American designer George Nelson gained prominence in the U.S. in 1947.  Nelson viewed  a Swedish innovation – an orb-shaped hanging lamp – as a “pillar of contemporary design,” according to Hannah Martin’s article in Architectural Digest.

He recreated it, on a budget, and in 1952 the Bubble Lamp reached new heights of success.

According to Herman Miller.com:

“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.”

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American designer George Nelson, courtesy Herman Miller

A Star is Born – Again.

Herman Miller gained exclusive rights to produce the ball pendant in 2016, and the rest is history.

Today, Nelson Bubble Lamps are made the same way, with slight updates to extend their durability

An assortment of lights in various spherical silhouettes, the lamps add a touch of softness and luminosity to interiors.

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.

Enhance the mood at your dental practice

 Aside from including an interior design icon into your dental office, Nelson’s Bubble Lamp can help:

  • Avoid glare or shadowing from overhead lights
  • Soften and scatter harsh light
  • Add luminosity
  • Add architectural interest in an affordable way


Associates at the Benco Dental home office in Pittston, Pennsylvania, innovate in the glow of a Nelson Bubble Lamp from Herman Miller.


Want it in your workplace?

Five years ago Benco Dental, the nation’s largest privately owned dental distributor introduced Herman Miller furniture to the dental community.

Incorporate these inspired designs into your office with one call to CenterPoint Interior Designer Mandy Welman at 1.800.GOBENCO