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George Nelson Ceramic Clocks

George Nelson Ceramic Clocks
Model #1, 1953

Vitra is coming out with several new table clocks which were designed by George Nelson in 1953. Clock Model #1 is a pretty hot clock with a wonderful space age form and rounded curves.

George Nelson Ceramic Clocks
Model #2, 1953

George Nelson: Model #2 Ceramic Table Clock by Vitra. George Nelson's Clock Model #2 features an elegant all white ceramic structure with a star-shaped face marked only with 12 minimal black dots which indicate the position of the hours. Very beautiful and timeless, this clock is a classic. Ceramic Clock Model #2 was designed by George Nelson in 1953. This attractive modern table clock is sure to be enjoyed for many years to come.

George Nelson Ceramic Clocks
Model #3, 1953

This is such an amazing table clock. George Nelson was far ahead of his time when he designed this modernist table clock in 1953. In fact, its stylish shape reminds us of the omnipresent prevailing Space Age design trend of the World's Fair in Osaka Japan in 1970. Beautiful, timeless and very iconic. This table clock is a great little desk top sculpture and a perfect fit for the home and the office. This clock features a grey color glazed ceramic housing and a white porcelain face.

The history about the George Nelson clocks:

If this would be a popularity contest, George Nelson's clock creations would certainly receive the top award. These iconic modern clocks are part of museum collection world wide and are recognized as brilliant and undisputed design gems of the mid 20th century American design movement.

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 George Nelson's New York design office created a wide range of models. These included the "Nelson Bubble Lamp" and the "Nelson 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.

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