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Ceramic Clocks

George Nelson, 1953

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Belief in progress and growing economic prosperity were central aspects of the American way of life around 1950. Everything seemed possible, and people strove to be 'modern'. With the aim of bringing modern design into American homes, George Nelson conceived a wide array of everyday objects: lamps, clocks and other domestic accessories. Up until the 1970s, the Nelson office created many different items for the home, including the Bubble Lamps and the Ball Clock, which became icons of mid-century modern design.

Photo: Midori, © Vitra Design Museum

The Ceramic Clocks combine geometric and organic shapes in a way that is both playful and sculptural, evoking associations with three-dimensional works by artists like Constantin Brancusi or Isamu Noguchi. For unknown reasons, the Ceramic Clocks were never produced in series, though designed and developed in full detail in the early 1950s.

On the basis of the original plans and prototypes, Vitra has produced a new edition of the Ceramic Clocks in porcelain, finished in a variety of coloured glazes and equipped with a modern quartz movement. These cheerful table clocks are available in three versions.

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Production of Ceramic Clocks
This film shows the many different steps involved in the hand-crafted production of Ceramic Clocks by George Nelson – from casting to glazing and firing in the kiln, to assembling the movements and the packing of each clock.
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ジョージ・ネルソン
ジョージ・ネルソン (George Nelson) は、アメリカのデザイン界において最も重要な人物の1人と言えます。 彼は、設計、プロダクトや展示デザイン、執筆活動を手掛け、建築、デザイン界でもひと際注目される存在でした。 彼が世に発信するものは、プロダクトだけでなく、働き方を含むワークステーション、企業のショールームや展覧会など非常に画期的で、強い影響力を持つものでした。
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