JustÂ boughtÂ some vintage newÂ Mid Century ModernÂ Bubble Beehive tripod lamps made of white molded plastic and teak. I wanted to see if I could find out more about them and discovered some variations that are equally beautiful. Sometimes they are referred to asÂ Tiki Bubble Lamps, and seem to come in a variety of colours.
In 1947, George Nelson became inspired by a self webbing material used to moth-ball ships in New York and he convinced himself it would be perfect for lighting. He made a metal frame, tracked down the source of the webbing material and by the next day he created a big glowing sphere and the Bubble Lamp was born. You can see two examples of the George Nelson Bubble Lamp below in white.