Item No. 110259

Nelson Ball Clock

Item No. 110259

Nelson Ball Clock


1 Color
Black Brass
Cherry / Brass
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Designed by George Nelson for Vitra
Nelson Ball Clock
Turnaround time — Credited to Irving Harper, a design director at George Nelson Associates, the Ball Clock is the quintessential Modernist accessory. Its playful composition reduces an everyday item to its bare essence, challenging what we think it could and should look like.


A family affair

The first of more than 150 clocks that George Nelson Associates created for the Howard Miller Clock Company, the Ball Clock (1949) was originally known as Model 4755. Irving Harper, who worked at Nelson Associates for nearly two decades, is credited with the clock’s design. The Howard Miller Clock Company, by the way, was originally the Herman Miller Clock Company; it was founded in 1926 by D.J. De Pree, who had established Herman Miller, Inc., three years earlier. In 1937, De Pree’s brother-in-law, Howard Miller, took over the clock company, swapping out his father’s name – the Herman of Herman Miller – with his own.

On the ball.
The clock comprises 12 metal spokes radiating from a circular center. Each rod has a threaded end, to which is screwed a wooden ball that marks an hour. Two hands – terminating in an arrow and oval -- indicate the time. On balls painted with darker colors, the wood grain may be slightly more visible; the Ball Clock in Natural or Black/Brass also includes a second hand. This is authentic Nelson Clock, produced by Vitra Design Museum. Uses one AA battery (included). Made in Poland.
  • • Hours indicated by 12 wooden balls attached to metal spokes.
  • Two metal hands indicate time.
  • Solid wood balls.
  • Durable acrylic lacquer finish.
  • Second hand on Natural and Black/Brass models.
Brand Vitra
General Dimensions
  • 13" H 13" W
Product Weight 3 lbs
Box Dimensions
  • 14" H 8" W 10" D
Assembly Comes fully assembled
Warranty 5-year warranty (terms and conditions may vary)
Nelson Ball Clock

Nelson Ball Clock

  • Height (in): 13
  • Width (in): 13
  • Weight (lbs): 3
  • Wood.
  • Metal
  • Acrylic lacquer finish.
  • High-grade quartz clockwork.
George Nelson

George Nelson

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 felt that designers must be “aware of the consequences of their actions on people and society and thus cultivate a broad base of knowledge and understanding.”

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Timeless classic!
It goes perfectly in my dining room. I appreciate the timeless design and simplicity. I am sure to enjoy in many years to come. Thinking about purchasing another George Nelson clock...
July 11, 2020
Lovely Piece
Great piece. It gives our living room a bit of stylish fun.
June 7, 2020
George Nelson clock, brass with black
Authentically beautiful ! Smile every time I look to check the time. Timeless, beautiful, thinking of ordering a second to put in our airstream trailer. Definitely worth the $ . The knock offs just don’t look like the real authentic George Nelson.
January 16, 2020
Love It!
My family and I love our Nelson Ball Clock. It's beautiful, colorful and efficient. It makes me smile, which helps when time runs by so quickly. I highly recommend it.
November 30, 2018