george nelson ceramic clocks

george nelson ceramic clocks

Design George Nelson, 1953
Porcelain, color glaze, sheet metal, quartz movement
Made in Germany by vitra

Around 1950, Americans had a deeply rooted conviction in uninterrupted progress and never-ending economic prosperity. Nothing seemed to be impossible and everyone wanted to be modern. George Nelson designed a range of products offering a new and unconventional interpretation of such everyday items as lamps, wall clocks and other domestic accessories. Up to the 1970s Nelson's New York design office created a wide range of models. These included the "bubble lamp" and the "ball clock" - items that have been promoted as icons of 1950s design.

With the Ceramic Clocks, the first thing that catches the eye is their playful design and their shape. These table clocks have a somewhat geometric yet organic look about them that is evocative of sculptures by artists such as Constantin Brancusi or Isamu Noguchi. The clock cases are entirely made of glazed ceramics. The colors used, and the design of the clock faces in particular, leave us in no doubt as to their functional purpose.

The Ceramic Clocks were designed in the early 1950s and developed as far as the production stage. For reasons unknown, however, they never made it to the production line. Based on the original plans and prototypes, the Vitra Design Museum is now, for the first time ever, bringing these original quartz movement clocks to the market.


Model #3: 6.7" h | 5.9" w | 3.3" d (grey)
ready-to-use rechargeable battery included.

$305.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(in stock and ready to ship)

George Nelson

George Nelson (1908ľ1986) was an American industrial designer, and one of the founders of American Modernism. While Director of Design for the Herman Miller furniture company, both Nelson, and his design studio, George Nelson Associates, Inc., designed much of the 20th century's most iconic modernist furniture. George Nelson attended Yale University, not originally intending become an architect. He happened upon the architecture school while ducking into the building to get out of the rain, and was impressed by an exhibition inside. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1928. During his final year at Yale, Nelson was hired by the architecture firm Adams and Prentice as a drafter.
Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design. Following in the tradition of Charles & Ray Eames, who have influenced Vitraĺs approach to sustainability in many ways, product longevity is central to the companyĺs contribution to sustainable development; short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. This can be seen most clearly in the classical pieces of furniture that have been used for decades, had several owners and have then even ended up as a part of a collection.
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2 nelson ceramic clocks
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