Yesterday when I got home from the trip I had the nice surprise of finding the George Nelson Criss Cross Bubble lamp installed above the kitchen island at the house. It looks fantastic. There is a nice visual break in the line of sight across the ceiling without being to obtrusive to the flow of the room. The light it emits has a wonderful diffused pattern that subtlety hints at the overall shape of the lamp itself. I love the look of the stretched white plastic membrane across the wire framing. The chiaroscuro of form created by the undulating bends in the elliptical shape of the lamp is punctuated with dark contrasting lines from the wire structure beneath it.
According to our handy man the installation was a snap. The light came with all the wiring and attachments, plus a face plate that perfectly covered the hole from the existing recessed fixture. Installation time took about 30 minutes and this included removing the original lighting fixture that was installed in the ceiling.
I’m curious to see how the light is going to hold up and how easy it will be to clean it under normal conditions. The plastic membrane that is stretched over the wire frame seems extremely durable but it is hard to tell. I’m wondering about things like discoloration, which I know was an issue with the original Nelson lamps from the 50’s and 60’s. I’ll be making additional posts about the lamp as we use it more and I have a chance to see how it holds up under daily use in the house.