Spring Forward With George Nelson Clocks + Giveaway
The start of daylight-saving time is just around the corner and this time of year is always a good reminder that a beautiful timekeeper can go a long way. One of our favorites are the mid-century modern favorites designed by George Nelson in the 1940s and 1950s. These classic pieces of design are full of life vintage appeal that still looks great in a modern home.
Many of Nelson’s clocks have become icons of mid-century modern design. He designed an eclectic mix of time pieces that, at the time, ushered in a new era of lighthearted design. Nelson took a practical and conventional item and transformed it into something that was beautiful and fun. He did away with numbers to create clocks that were vibrant and uncluttered in design. Distinct color palettes seamlessly merged with the contemporary interiors at the height of the mid-century modern movement.
The George Nelson clocks were originally created in 1947 for the Howard Miller Clock Company. Under Howard Miller, each clock was given a number, rather than a name. The Ball Clock was “Clock 4755” while the Sunflower Clock was sold under “Clock 2261.” There were more than 150 designs in all, with the Ball Clock as the first. Each used a cord and plug to operate. Howard Miller discontinued the line in the 1980s, but Swiss furniture company picked it back up in the late 1990s. Today, these classic time pieces remain a refreshing alternative to the usual timekeepers and have become iconic staples in contemporary mid-century modern decor.
The Eye Clock is one of George Nelson’s classic clocks. A walnut frame coupled with a lacquered metal face with black, white, and orange hands and accented by black dowel lashes creates the distinct shape of a human eye. Fun fact: This clock was originally known as “Clock 2238” and was featured in Howard Miller brochures in a diagonal position, rather than horizontal.
Perfect for an office desk or a bedside table, the Night Clock features a futuristic design in a classy brass finish. Its numberless design provides a graphic contrast to its dark face.
Part of George Nelson’s 1965 Zoo Timers Collection, Omar the Owl contrasts sharply with his more sculptural wall clocks from the 1950s. Graphic in nature, Omar offers a playful design for children learning to tell time.
Understated, but glamorous, the Star Clock emulates the classic Mid-Century Modern starburst pattern. Slender rods of chrome and brass act as the clock numbers, while the second and minute hand tick away in brass.
The Sunflower Clock is sure to become a focal point in any room. Thin birch wood seemingly ebbs and flows from the clock face, creating an intricate sunflower pattern. Small metal disks dotted around the face act as the clock numbers.
The Ball Clock is a classic mid-century modern timepiece and arguably one of George Nelson’s most iconic clock designs. Designed in 1948, the clock features 12 wooden balls lacquered in an array of mod colors and connected to the clock face by metal tubes.
We’re giving away a Ball Clock right here on YLiving. One lucky winner will be receiving their own Ball Clock in their choice of color. To find out more details for this giveaway and to enter, click here.
Sarah is a Brand Marketing Manger for YDesign Group brands. A writer and editor at heart, she loves storytelling in all its forms and is a copious consumer of the Internet (for better or worse). In design, she finds inspiration in simplicity, warmth and all things Danish.