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george nelson ceramic clocks

by George Nelson, from Vitra.

george nelson ceramic clocks

Design George Nelson, 1950s
Glazed porcelain, metal, quartz movement
Made in Poland by Vitra

Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Everything seemed possible, and people strove to be 'modern'. With the aim of bringing modern design into American homes, George Nelson conceived a wide array of everyday objects: lamps, clocks and other domestic accessories. Up until the 1970s, the Nelson office created many different items for the home, including the Bubble Lamps and the Ball Clock, which became icons of mid-century modern design.

The Ceramic Clocks combine geometric and organic shapes in a way that is both playful and sculptural, evoking associations with three-dimensional works by artists like Constantin Brancusi or Isamu Noguchi. For unknown reasons, the Ceramic Clocks were never produced in series, though designed and developed in full detail in the early 1950s.

On the basis of the original plans and prototypes, Vitra has produced a new edition of the Ceramic Clocks in porcelain, finished in a variety of colored glazes and equipped with a modern quartz movement. These cheerful table clocks are available in two versions.

ceramic clock no.1: 7.5" h | 3.25" d | 5" w | battery included
ceramic clock no.2: 8.75" h | 3.75" d | 6" w | battery included

$750.00 + free shipping
(please allow 8-10 weeks this product to ship)
average rating: 5

George Nelson

George Nelson was a designer and a founder of American Modernism. While Design Director for Herman Miller he designed many 20th Century iconic modernist pieces. George Nelson attended Yale and happened upon the architecture school to get out of the rain and was impressed by an exhibition inside.
Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of space through the power of design. A central goal of Vitra is sustainable development. Trendy styling is avoided in favor of classic pieces that can be used for decades.


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