Then & Now: George Nelson Clocks

A set of original George Nelson clocks on auction at Wright have me awestruck by their unusual, mid-century designs and make me wonder where else I can get my hands on one of these instant classics today.

As a seminal American mid-century designer, George Nelson’s work remains as fresh and relevant as when it was first popularized in the 1940’s and 50’s. His collection of time pieces for the Howard Miller Clock Company first hit the scene in 1947 and quickly became sought after icons of design, thanks to the unusual sculptural shapes and combination of materials like lacquered wood and metalwork.

While perusing Daily Icon, I recently came across a dazzling set of original George Nelson clocks on auction at Wright. The available selection highlights wall and desk clocks with estimated values as high as $7,000, and features some rare pieces that will appeal to collectors and design enthusiasts alike.

Though the line was discontinued in the 1980’s, Vitra has released a re-edition of some of Nelson’s designs that are true to form, with friendlier prices starting at around $350.

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