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Omar the Owl

Omar the Owl

Designed by George Nelson Associates, produced by Vitra

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Item Number: 611329
$185.00

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Omar the Owl (1965) is one in the Zoo Timer collection of children’s clocks designed by George Nelson Associates for the Howard Miller Clock Company. Nelson Associates, first launched as a studio by George Nelson in 1947 in New York City, employed some of the most celebrated designers of the time, including Bill Cannan, Lance Wyman, Jerry Serapachello and Roger Zimmerman, the team who worked on the six clocks in the original Zoo Timer collection. Until its closure in the mid-1980s, the company designed a range of products for many clients, including Herman Miller, Inc., which was established in 1923 by Howard Miller’s brother-in-law, D.J. De Pree. A bit of family history: De Pree also founded the Herman Miller Clock Company in 1926 but turned it over in 1937 to Howard, who renamed it. As for the identity of Herman Miller, he was Howard’s father and De Pree’s father-in-law. The Miller companies are not affiliated but stand across the street from each other in Zeeland, Mich. This is an authentic Nelson Clock, produced by Vitra Design Museum. Uses one AA battery (included). Made in Poland.

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George Nelson
George Nelson

U.S.A. (1908–1986)

Possessing one of the most inventive minds of the 20th century, George Nelson was the rare person who can envision what isn’t there yet. Nelson described his creative abilities as a series of “zaps” – flashes of inspiration and clarity that he turned into innovative design ideas.


One such “zap” came in 1942, when Nelson conceived the first-ever pedestrian shopping mall – ...

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Dimensions

H 12.5" W 12.5" D 2", 1 lb.

Materials

Multicolored print on plywood; high-grade quartz clockwork.

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