In 1947, the American designer George Nelson was commissioned to create a collection of clocks. Nelson analysed 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, colours, materials and designs could hardly have been greater.
Made in: Germany
Materials: Acrylic brass, Brass, Polyurethane, Solid walnut.
Product contents: High-quality quartz clock movement, 1.5-volt battery included.
DesignerDesk Clocks was designed by George Nelson, 1947/1953 Being regarded as one of the most important figures in American design is George Nelson's biggest achievement. Active as an architect, a product and exhibition designer & a writer, he was a leading voice in the discourse on design and architecture over several decades. Vitra is the sole authorized manufacturer of specified Nelson products for markets in Europe and the Middle East.
Vitra is much more than a brand but rather a staple of design. Established in 1950 in Birsfelden, Switzerland, the brand has left its mark in design history through its transcending path. Starting as a furniture producer, it paved its way to manufacturing and ultimately becoming the powerhouse design institution we see today.