While it is estimated that there are well over 150 George Nelson clocks originally designed from 1948-1960, the first created for Howard Miller, is known as the Ball Clock.
Nelson recalls the iconic design of the Ball Clock as being a result of a night of drinking with friends and associates, Isamu Noguchi, Bucky Fuller, and Irving Harper. To this day, it is a mystery as to which one actually “cooked it up.” This modern clock is a whimsical design composed of colorful balls instead of numbers on the end of metal stems.
Fortunately for retro furniture enthusiast, exquisite re-editions of the George Nelson Ball Clock are available. The clock is manufactured to the exact original specifications of George Nelson. However, unlike the originals that had an electric cord, these have high quality quartz movements powered by one AA battery. Made of wood and metal, these re-editions of the original are a favorite of collectors of the mid-century period.
Other George Nelson clock re-editions that exemplify the classic Mid-Century modernist style are available too. It would be hard to pick a favorite, but the Kite clock is beautiful, elegant and stylish.
Another favorite re-edition is the Sunflower clock. Simply gorgeous. The Sunflower clock is a beautifully unique use of simple birch and laminated metal pins to intricately form the shape of a sunflower.
The Wooden Spindle clock with dark walnut spindles and geometric design is a basic modern classic.
And last but not least, nothing says retro mod like the Eye clock. Interesting enough, this clock was first featured in brochures in diagonal position, not horizontal where it looks like an eye.
These retro clocks are not just functional timepieces, but works of art you will delight in. When buying a modern clock to add to your retro furniture collection, look for quality. You will enjoy and appreciate the design of a well crafted piece so much more.
There are cheap knock-offs of these designs. However, the authorized re-editions of Nelson wall-clocks, manufactured using original models and documents from the George Nelson Archive, are available exclusively from Vitra Design Museum and their retail partners.