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Design by George Nelson, 1948. By Vitra. Ooh, baby! Unmistakable George Nelson design, offered in three colored or natural wood finish options. With the diversity of materials used and their sculptural shapes, Nelson's clocks embody the joie de... Read More
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Design by George Nelson, 1948.
By Vitra.

Ooh, baby! Unmistakable George Nelson design, offered in three colored or natural wood finish options.

With the diversity of materials used and their sculptural shapes, Nelson's clocks embody the joie de vivre of the 1950s. To this day, his wall clocks remain a refreshing alternative to the usual timekeepers. The Vitra Design Museum presents a re-edition of the designs so cherished by collectors in true to the original form. Vitra Design Museum Collection.

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Battery included

Specifications

Material(s): Lacquered wood and metal, high-grade quartz clockwork

Dimensions: 18.5" Dia

Models

201-253-01 201-253-02 201-253-03

Customer ReviewsAverage Rating:4.5 out of 5 Write Review
5 out of 5

Vibrant color+well made

By: Yang W., Homeowner (DE)

I bought the multicolor clock, love it! The color is just beautiful, and clock is very well made, goes well with my pewter color wall and white cabinets in kitchen. If you're looking for a modern clock, this is IT!

5 out of 5

Beautiful, modern clock

By: RoBo, Homeowner (San Francisco, CA)

Center is white and rays are dark brown walnut with metal hour and minute hands. Contrast looks even better in person.

5 out of 5

Beautiful + classic

By: Sfarr, Homeowner (Northern California)

This clock looks great in our ranch house. A nice touch of classic style that makes a statement. It arrived intact, well packaged, etc.

5 out of 5

Great Product!

By: Maria P., Homeowner (Irvine)

It's the real deal. Clock looks great in the room. I also got the ball clock. Both look gorgeous!!!

4 out of 5

Love the Sunburst Clock.

By: Irene C., Homeowner (California)

I say the Sunburst clock in a collection about a year ago and kept it in mind as a Christmas gift for my adult kids. They loved it. It was hard to decide on which one to get. Y living was great about the shipping, even though I was a bit late and they were very helpful, even returning my call on a Saturday.

5 out of 5

Love it!!!

By: Micaela C., Homeowner (California)

I had been eyeing this clock for quite sometime now and finally bit the bullet and went for it. Great clock for an awesome price. It was exactly what I was looking for! There are a lot of knock offs out there that may look the same but lack the quality of the real thing, so getting the official Vitra version was the best decision Ive made. Fast shipping too. I definitely plan on shopping here again!!! :)

5 out of 5

Love it!!!

By: Micaela C., Homeowner (California)

I had been eyeing this clock for quite sometime now and finally bit the bullet and went for it. Great clock for an awesome price. It was exactly what I was looking for! There are a lot of knock offs out there that may look the same but lack the quality of the real thing, so getting the official Vitra version was the best decision Ive made. Fast shipping too. I definitely plan on shopping here again!!! :)

1 out of 5

it is perfection.

By: Sean K., Designer (WI)

This clock is awesome. It has a satisfying sculptural quality that doesn't come across in the photos. And the asymmetrical coloring is wonderfully balanced.

4 out of 5

It looks great

By: Michael M., Homeowner (Aliso Viejo, CA)

I've been looking for a cool looking clock and I found it.

5 out of 5

Love it!

By: Kelly D., Homeowner (Ohio)

I had been looking at this clock on the website for a few months before I decided to pull the trigger and treat myself. I'm so glad I did, it's such a fun, beautiful piece that I will have forever - wish I hadn't waited so long!

5 out of 5

Great clock, love the George Nelson design

By: David L., Designer (Arizona)

I had been looking for a George Nelson clock for awhile. I finally decided on the Sunburst. It's hanging on my wall now not just as a clock but as a piece of art. Every time I look at it, I admire the design. There are a lot of different brands out there that are less expensive but I feel Vitra is the only one that maintains the quality and authenticity of George Nelson's original design.

5 out of 5

Must-own modern icon, and it keeps time!

By: Mod Ma'am, Homeowner (Atlanta)

This clock is the real deal: a beautifully made, wonderfully functional piece of classic design. The workmanship is excellent; the colors (I chose the multicolor version) are perfect. I bought it as a Christmas present for my husband, who was elated. This is my third or fourth purchase from YLiving/YLighting, and I've always been pleased. Now, if the euro would only fall so I could afford the Nelson Sunflower clock...

George Nelson

Designer: George Nelson

When writing about the course of his remarkable 50-year career, George Nelson described a series of creative "zaps"--moments of out-of-the-blue inspiration "when the solitary individual finds he is connected with a reality he never dreamed of."

An early zap came in the 1930s, when he was an architectural student in Rome. Before returning home, an idea struck him: He would travel Europe and interview leading modern architects, hoping to get the articles published in the U.S. He succeeded, and in the process introduced the U.S. design community to the European avant-garde. This set in motion a sequence of what he called "lucky" career breaks that were really the inevitable outcomes of his brilliance as a designer, teacher, and author.

The first break was being named an editor of Architectural Forum magazine. Working on a story there in 1942, he was looking at aerial photos of blighted cities when--zap!--he developed the concept of the downtown pedestrian mall, which was unveiled in the Saturday Evening Post.

Soon after, another zap led to the Storagewall, the first modular storage system and a forerunner of systems furniture. The Storagewall was showcased in a 1945 Life magazine article, causing a sensation in the furniture industry. Herman Miller founder D.J. DePree saw the article and was so impressed that he paid a visit to Nelson in New York and convinced him to be his director of design, which spurred Nelson to found his design firm, George Nelson & Associates. The warm personal and professional relationship between Nelson and DePree yielded a stunning range of products, from the playful Marshmallow Sofa to the first L-shaped desk, a precursor of today's workstation.

Nelson once wrote that Herman Miller "is not playing follow-the-leader." That's one reason why George Nelson & Associates worked with Herman Miller for over 25 years as they shepherded design into the modern era.

During this same period, George Nelson & Associates also created many landmark designs of products, showrooms, and exhibitions for a variety of companies and organizations.

Nelson said that for a designer to deal creatively with human needs, "he must first make a radical, conscious break with all values he identifies as antihuman." Designers also must constantly be aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society. In fact, he declared that "total design is nothing more or less than a process of relating everything to everything." So he said that rather than specializing, designers must cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.

Awards/Recognition
Prix de Rome for architecture, 1932
Best Office of the Year, New York Times, 1953
Gold Medal, Art Directors Club of New York, 1953
Good Design Award, Museum of Modern Art, 1954
Trailblazer Award, National Home Furnishings League, 1954
Chairman, International Design Conference in Aspen, 1965, 1982
Scholar in Residence, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Design, 1984
Lifetime Achievement Award, American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1991
Permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Nelson did so as few are able, and, with the help of well-timed zaps, he helped define modern, humane design.

- from HermanMiller.com

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Vitra

Manufacturer: Vitra

Classic. Modern. Sustainable.

Vitra has manufactured furniture designs by Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson since 1957. Building on this foundation, Vitra has developed a wide range of furnishings for the office, for the home and for public spaces in collaboration with progressive designers. Yet Vitra is more than just a design-oriented manufacturing company. The name also stands for the Vitra Design Museum, for a collection of modern furniture and its accompanying archive, 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, Herzog & de Meuron and SANAA at the Vitra Headquarters in Birsfelden (Switzerland) and on the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein (Germany).

Product longevity is central to Vitra's contribution to sustainable development; short-lived styling is avoided at all costs. This can be seen most clearly in the classical pieces of furniture that have been used for decades, had several owners and have then even ended up as a part of a collection. For Vitra, 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. In order to enforce and monitor sustainable development in all business activities of the company, a work group was formed in 1986 by the name of 'Vitra and the Environment'. Because of this, Vitra can proudly claim that it has been dedicated to sustainability for nearly a quarter of a century.

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