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Nelson Fan Clock

By Vitra


  • Description

    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.
    The Fan Clock is Vitra's latest addition to the extensive collection of George Nelson wall clocks in its portfolio. Designed with twelve three-dimensional tapered elements made of cherry wood, the shape of the clock not only resembles a fan but also conjures up floral associations. Created from natural materials, it is a charming addition to any interior.
    The Fan Clock is equipped with a high-quality quartz movement and, like all other Nelson wall clocks, also represents a refreshing alternative to conventional wall time pieces.

  • Technical Info

    Dimensions: Ø38.5cm

    Materials: various types of wood and metal.
    Product contents: high-quality quartz clock movement, 1.5 volt battery included.

  • Designer
    George Nelson

    George Nelson, born 1908 in Hartford, Connecticut, studied architecture at Yale University. A fellowship enabled him to study at the American Academy in Rome from 1932-34. In Europe he became acquainted with the protagonists and major architectural works of modernism.

    He joined the editorial staff of Architectural Forum in 1935, where he was employed until 1944. A programmatic article on residential building and furniture design, published in Architectural Forum by Nelson in 1944, attracted the attention of D.J. DePree, head of the furniture company Herman Miller.

    Shortly after this, George Nelson assumed the position of design director at Herman Miller. Remaining there until 1972, he became a key figure of American design, also convincing the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi and Alexander Girard to work for Herman Miller.

    His collaboration with Vitra began in 1957. From 1946 onwards Nelson also ran his own design office, creating numerous products that are now regarded as icons of mid-century modernism.

    Nelson's office also produced important architectural works and exhibition designs. George Nelson died in New York in 1986. His archive belongs to the holdings of the Vitra Design Museum.

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    4-6 weeks

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