George Nelson Table Clocks

Stephen Coles

Everyone knows George Nelson’s whimsical wall clocks, but not until I ran into Wright’s latest auction did I realize how many models he made for the desktop. Creating a clock that has to sit upright on a table presents scores of design opportunities beyond just the face. Each of these pieces is a charming little trophy of mid-century modernism.

Update, Jan 29, 2013: Some or all of these clocks may actually be designed by Irving Harper, a Herman Miller employee whose work is commonly misattributed to Nelson.


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  1. 12.21.09 Dan Zambonini

    Absolutely stunning. I’m not usually much of a ‘clock’ man (if there is such a thing), but these are great.

  2. 12.21.09 seesaw

    they are all so precious.

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