Ball clock

George Nelson | Vitra


The Ball clock by George Nelson is a whimsical wall clock featuring wooden balls at each integer suspended by brass or steel rods.

Product Information
In 1947, the American designer George Nelson was commissioned to create a collection of clocks. Nelson analyzed how people used clocks and concluded that they read the time by discerning the relative position of the hands, which made the use of numbers unnecessary. Furthermore, since most people wore wristwatches, he assumed that clocks had become more of a decorative element for interiors. These ideas provided the basis for the first collection of 14 timepieces, consisting of a completely new style of wall clocks and compact table clocks, which were launched on the market in 1949. Although the models all shared one common feature – the absence of numbers – the diversity of their shapes, colors, materials and designs could hardly have been greater.

Various woods and metals

Ø 33 cm


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