Vitra® Nelson™ Ball Clock
One of the founding fathers of American Mid-century modernism, George Nelson created a remarkable collection of now iconic designs and unconventional interpretations of such everyday items as lamps and wall clocks for Herman Miller, including, most famously, the Nelson Ball clock, now manufactured under license by Vitra. A refreshing alternative to traditional timekeepers, the striking "Atomic" design of the Ball clock has come to typify the exuberant, optimistic and sunny spirit of 1950s America, and still looks fresh and exciting today.
- Made from metal, beech wood with acrylic lacquer
- High-quality quartz clockwork
- Available in Multi-colored, Red, White, Orange or Natural
- Includes 1.5 volt battery
This stylish modern wall clock provides a unique finishing touch to the living room, home office, family area or kitchen.
The inventive and imaginative Vitra Nelson Ball clock captured the spirit of emerging modernism in 1947, and remains today a stylish and fun alternative to conventional timepieces — as well as a revered Mid-century design classic. Embodying the energetic joie de vivre of post-war America, the Ball clock employed an innovative ball and stick design that reminded some people of scientific models used to illustrate atomic structure. Made of wood and metal, today's Ball clock mirrors the original design so beloved of collectors right down to the smallest detail, including a finish and color true to Nelson's original conception.
Ball Clock Features
Constructed of beech wood with acrylic lacquer and metal.
15v battery is included.Available in a range of colors
Choose from Multi-colored, Red, White, Orange or Natural.
The Nelson Ball Clock comes with 1-year manufacturer's warranty.
“Sustainability is just like morals: one should live by them and not just talk about them. Our roots in modern design make the first step easy: we make products that avoid the superfluous and last for a very long time.”
— Rolf Fehlbaum, Chairman of Vitra
The Vitra Company is a Swiss manufacturer of designer furniture originally founded in Weil am Rhein, Germany, in 1950 by Willi Fehlbaum, the owner of a furniture shop in nearby Basel, Switzerland. In the 1950s, Vitra acquired licenses for the iconic designs of Charles and Ray Eames (e.g., the Eames Lounge chair and ottoman) and George Nelson (e.g., the Nelson Ball Clock), and has since been the European retailer of the works of many internationally renowned contemporary furniture designers such as Philippe Starck, Borek Sipek, Mario Bellini, Glen Oliver Low, Verner Panton, Antonio Citterio, Frank Gehry and many more.
With a stated goal of making designer goods more accessible to the general public, Vitra's product line consists of a wide range of designer furniture and the company's own designs for use in offices, homes and public areas. Never afraid to experiment with new and bold ideas, Vitra celebrated the 50th anniversary this year of the Panton chair by Danish designer Verner Panton . Not only was this cantilevered, stacking chair Vitra’s first independently developed product, but also the very first single-form injection-molded plastic chair made from a single section, a design that other companies for many years did not believe could be built.
More than just a design-oriented manufacturing company, Vitra also stands for the Vitra Design Museum, a collection of modern furniture and archives, for workshops and publications on topics of design, and for an architectural concept that unites buildings by Frank Gehry, Nicholas Grimshaw, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Alvaro Siza and others at the Vitra Headquarters in Birsfelden, Switzerland and on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany.
Dedicated to sustainability for nearly a quarter of a century, Vitra believes the manufacture of sustainable products means intense pre-production development, where the highest-grade materials are selected and tests are carried out that simulate 15 years of use. Product longevity is central to the company’s mission statement, and short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. Vitra has made it their mission to develop furniture and furnishing systems that stimulate, inspire and motivate, while also offering the body comfort, safety, and support.