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Desk Clocks

George Nelson, 1947/1953


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.

In the 35 years that followed, the designers at Nelson Associates conceived more than a hundred different clock models: wall clocks, portable table clocks and built-in clocks. After Nelson’s death in 1986, his archival estate, encompassing roughly 7400 manuscripts, plans, drawings, photographs and slides dating from 1924 to 1984, was acquired by the Vitra Design Museum.

Vitra began reissuing the Nelson Clocks in 1999 and updates the collection from time to time. The Desk Clocks are available in various shapes and materials. Equipped with high-quality quartz movements, they continue to offer a refreshing alternative to conventional clocks.

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Desk Clocks - Tripod Clock
Desk Clock - Tripod Clock 2D dwg2D DWG, 12.28KBDownload
Desk Clock - Tripod Clock 2D dxf2D DXF, 12.83KBDownload
Desk Clock - Tripod Clock 3D 3ds3D 3DS, 22.02KBDownload
Desk Clock - Tripod Clock 3D dwg3D DWG, 93.83KBDownload
Desk Clock - Tripod Clock 3D dxf3D DXF, 140.67KBDownload
Desk Clock-Tripod Clock skpCAD, SKP, 113.87KBDownload
Desk Clock-Tripod Clock daeCAD, DAE, 55.83KBDownload
Desk Clock-Tripod Clock fbxCAD, FBX, 75.34KBDownload
Desk Clock-Tripod Clock objCAD, OBJ, 87.11KBDownload
Desk Clocks - Diamond Clock
Desk Clock - Diamond Clock 2D dwg2D DWG, 12.88KBDownload
Desk Clock - Diamond Clock 2D dxf2D DXF, 13.50KBDownload
Desk Clock - Diamond Clock 3D 3ds3D 3DS, 42.50KBDownload
Desk Clock - Diamond Clock 3D dwg3D DWG, 72.91KBDownload
Desk Clock - Diamond Clock 3D dxf3D DXF, 97.57KBDownload
Desk Clock-Diamond Clock objCAD, OBJ, 124.51KBDownload
Desk Clock-Diamond Clock skpCAD, SKP, 116.52KBDownload
Desk Clock-Diamond Clock daeCAD, DAE, 54.62KBDownload
Desk Clock-Diamond Clock fbxCAD, FBX, 67.37KBDownload
Desk Clocks - Cone Clock
Desk Clock - Cone Clock 2D dwg2D DWG, 18.53KBDownload
Desk Clock - Cone Clock 2D dxf2D DXF, 20.85KBDownload
Desk Clock - Cone Clock 3D 3ds3D 3DS, 26.56KBDownload
Desk Clock - Cone Clock 3D dwg3D DWG, 85.91KBDownload
Desk Clock - Cone Clock 3D dxf3D DXF, 133.96KBDownload
Desk Clock-Cone Clock fbxCAD, FBX, 71.68KBDownload
Desk Clock-Cone Clock objCAD, OBJ, 110.18KBDownload
Desk Clock-Cone Clock skpCAD, SKP, 117.46KBDownload
Desk Clock-Cone Clock daeCAD, DAE, 54.26KBDownload
Desk Clocks - Night Clock
Desk Clock - Night Clock 2D dwg2D DWG, 14.08KBDownload
Desk Clock - Night Clock 2D dxf2D DXF, 14.49KBDownload
Desk Clock - Night Clock 3D 3ds3D 3DS, 6.37KBDownload
Desk Clock - Night Clock 3D dwg3D DWG, 41.72KBDownload
Desk Clock - Night Clock 3D dxf3D DXF, 54.64KBDownload
Desk Clock-Night Clock objCAD, OBJ, 21.19KBDownload
Desk Clock-Night Clock skpCAD, SKP, 28.89KBDownload
Desk Clock-Night Clock daeCAD, DAE, 15.47KBDownload
Desk Clock-Night Clock fbxCAD, FBX, 26.84KBDownload
This product was designed by
George Nelson
George Nelson is regarded as one of the most important figures in American design. Active as an architect, a product and exhibition designer and a writer, he was a leading voice in the discourse on design and architecture over several decades. Vitra is the sole authorised manufacturer of specified Nelson products for markets in Europe and the Middle East.
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