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George Nelson Clocks

American, 1908-1986
American, 1908-1986

Architect, designer, and writer George Nelson was a central figure in the mid-century American modernist design movement; and his thoughts influenced not only the furniture we live with, but also how we live.

Nelson came to design via journalism and literature. Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale in 1931, he won the Prix de Rome fellowship, and spent his time in Europe writing magazine articles that helped bring stateside recognition to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier and other canonical modernist architects. In the 1940s, Nelson wrote texts that suggested such now-commonplace ideas as open-plan houses, storage walls and family rooms. D.J. De Pree, the owner of the furniture maker Herman Miller, was so impressed by Nelson that in 1944 — following the sudden death of Gilbert Rohde, who had introduced the firm to modern design in the 1930s — he invited Nelson to join the company as its design director.

There Nelson’s curatorial design talents came to the fore. To Herman Miller he brought such eminent creators as Charles and Ray Eames, Isamu Noguchi, and the textile and furniture designer Alexander Girard. Thanks to a clever contract, at the same time as he directed Herman Miller he formed a New York design company, George Nelson & Associates, that sold furniture designs to the Michigan firm, as well as its competitor, the Howard Miller Clock Company. Nelson’s New York team of designers (who were rarely individually credited) would create such iconic pieces as the Marshmallow sofa, the Coconut chair, the Ball clock, the Bubble lamp series and the many cabinets and beds that comprise the sleek Thin-Edge line.

For dedicated collectors, as well as for interior designers who look beyond “the look,” there is a “cool-factor” inherent to vintage pieces from George Nelson and others. Nelson was in on it from the start, and it’s valuable to have a piece that was there with him. But still, as is evident from the offerings from dealers on these pages, in any of the designs, in any iteration whose manufacture Nelson oversaw and encouraged, there are shining elements of lightness, elegance, sophistication — and a little bit of swagger. George Nelson felt confident in his ideas about design and didn’t mind letting the world know.

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Creator: George Nelson
Classic Modernist Wicker Basket Clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Classic modernist Wicker basket clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller, really nice original condition, minor paint loss to hands, retains original early Howard Miller label. Teste...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Metal

George Nelson Spike Sunburst Wall Clock for Howard Miller
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Denver, CO
Striking classic George Nelson Model 2202 spike sunburst clock for Howard Miller. Walnut and enameled metal. Very good original condition. Original Synchron movement. See photo. ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Metal

Original George Nelson for Howard Miller Black 'Asterisk' Wall Clock, circa 1960
By George Nelson, Irving Harper, Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Asterisk Clock by George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller is a rare find and one of the more in-demand of his designs. The black steel face, mounted on a metal back, is free ...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Steel, Brass

George Nelson Clock for Howard Miller, US, 1950s
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Berlin, DE
George Nelson iconic ball clock in brass, US 1950s.   
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Metal, Brass

George Nelson Birch & Brass Wall Clock for Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nelson Birch & Brass wall clock for Howard Miller.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Brass

Vintage George Nelson & Associates Metal Spoke Wall Clock for Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in San Jose, CA
Mid-Century Modern wall clock designed by George Nelson & Associates for Howard Miller Clock Company. Produced in 1955, this piece was named the 'Spoke' clock model no. 2227. Operate...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Metal, Aluminum, Chrome

Arthur Umanoff Desk Clock, George Nelson & Associates, 1950s
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Houston, TX
George Nelson & Associates table clock. Howard Miller Clock Company, USA. Rosewood, steel. Measures: 4.25 W x 3 D x 5.5 H inches. Signed with decal manufacturer's label t...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Steel

George Nelson for Vitra Flock of Butterflies 2226 Wall Clock
By George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
A newer vintage (2010s) of George Nelson flock of butterflies wall clock for Vitra. Minimal wear and tears. Clock has been tested and is in good working order. When originally man...
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Early 2000s North American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Steel

20th Century George Nelson & Associates for Howard Miller Clock Co
By George Nelson
Located in Miami, FL
20th Century George Nelson & Associates for Howard Miller Clock Co. wall clock, model 629-035 Zeeland, Michigan, 1970s enameled steel body with a glass lens. Perfect for hanging or d...
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1970s American Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Steel

George Nelson Model-4758 Wall Clock for Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nelson Model-4758 wall clock for Howard Miller.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Metal

George Nelson Brass Clock for Howard Miller
By Herman Miller, Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Los Angeles, CA
George Nelson for Howard Miller brass clock. A round brass clock on a tri-legged brass pedestal with a thick plexiglass face. The clock has black hour and minute hands and a red seco...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Metal, Brass

George Nelson for Vitra Sunflower Wall Clock
By George Nelson
Located in Lake Worth, FL
Vintage George Nelson "Sunflower" wall clock. Large scale iconic design made of bent birch wood and brass. Originally designed in 1958 this is one of more than 150 clocks designed by...
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Early 2000s Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Metal

George Nelson Mini Grandfather Clock for Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Beautiful half-height tabletop grandfather clock in rosewood. Designed by George Nelson for Howard Miller clock company. Wind-up mechanism. Weights and pendulum are purely decorative.
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1950s American Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Rosewood

Rare George Nelson Howard Miller Burl and Rosewood Grandfather Clock
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
George Nelson grandfather clock with weight driven movement in a modern burl wood and rosewood cabinet made by Howard Miller. Unusual Pentagon shape. Features lovely soft Westminster...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Metal

Lucite and Chrome Wall Clock by George Nelson, Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Lucite and chrome wall clock by George Nelson, Howard Miller. Key wind, chimes, retains Howard Miller label.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Metal

George Nelson Meridian Wall Clock Rimini Blue Face by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
By George Nelson, Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Brooklyn, NY
“Meridian” clock designed by George Nelson for the Howard Miller Clock Company. Face is made of “Rimini Blue” Italian ceramic designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, battery operated.
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Ceramic

George Nelson Tripod Table Clock
By George Nelson
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Scarce large tripod table clock, Model 4764, designed by George Nelson and Associates for Howard Miller Clock Company. Satin brass dial encased in plexiglass bubble, with signature b...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Brass

George Nelson Chess Piece Clock
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Rare model #2251 chess piece table clock designed by George Nelson for Howard Miller Clock Company. Turned walnut base supports wooden case that is decorated with a crown of brass po...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Brass

Fritz Hansen & George Nelson Stool Seat Wall Clock
By George Nelson, Fritz Hansen, Howard Miller
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Vintage 1950s George Nelson ball clock for George Nelson and Associates and Howard Miller. This clock was designed with Irving Harper in 1949, and was the first among several iconic ...
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20th Century Danish Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Brass

Nelson Chronopak Orb Round Ball Shape Turned Walnut Desk Clock
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Mid-Century Modern George Nelson for Howard Miller chronopak desk clock. 95% perfect condition.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Walnut

George Nelson Prototype Domino Clock
By George Nelson
Located in Chicago, IL
Nelson office, designed by Irving Harper for Howard Miller. This is the only clock and was never produced. Purchased from Howard Miller Executive.  
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Wood

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Lucite and Chrome Wall Clock by George Nelson, Howard Miller
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Rare George Nelson Howard Miller Burl and Rosewood Grandfather Clock
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Classic American Modernist 3-Drawer Chest After George Nelson
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Early George Nelson Desk / Return, Child's Desk, Modernist, Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
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Early George Nelson desk / return, child's desk, Modernist, Herman Miller, Retains original Herman Miller foil label, 4 drawers, pencil dividers, steel frame, minor pitting (lower ri...
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Seldom Seen George Nelson "HIGH' Action Office Architects Desk, Herman Miller
By George Nelson, Herman Miller
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning George Nelson "HIGH' action office architects desk, Herman Miller circa 1964, beautiful oak tambour roll top, four resin and wood slide out pencil drawers, built in file sto...
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Movado Ermeto for Hermes Leather and Steel Travel Clock, Black Face
By Movado
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early Movado Ermeto for Hermes leather and steel travel clock, rarer version featuring black face with luminous hands and time markers, works perfectly, worn leather to corner.
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Rare 1930s Diminuative Hexagon Art Deco Neon Clock, Electric Neon Clock Co.
By Electric Neon Clock Company
Located in Buffalo, NY
Seldom seen, small size Art Deco hexagon neon clock made by the Electric Neon Clock co., totally original. Unmolested. retains original can, clock face, green neon, motor, transforme...
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Seldom Seen Art Deco Neon Hexagon Clock, 'The Electric Clock Co. Cleveland
By Cleveland Clock Co.
Located in Buffalo, NY
The best example I have seen in a long while! Unmolested, all original, 1930s Art Deco 2-color neon clock, manufactured by The Electric Clock Company, Clevland Ohio, retains all orig...
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Modernist Studio Ceramic Tile Art by Irina Lorin
By Gills Lorin
Located in Buffalo, NY
Framed mid-20th century Irina Lorin Signed ceramic art tile of figure, consisting of three framed tiles, mid-20th century. 3 tiles measuring 8" x 11" retains original wood and grassc...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Classic Pair of Modernist Armchairs by Robert John Stainless Steel
By George Nelson, Robert John
Located in Buffalo, NY
Unusual pair of Modernist armchair’s by Robert John. Stainless steel channel with black lacquered wood detailing, Solid walnut armrests, original pale yellow Naugahyde upholstery. Sl...
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Early and Rare George Nelson Pretzel Chair, 1952 Sculpture
By George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Wonderful sculptural side chair. Pretzel designed in 1952 by George Nelson, amazing original finish and patina.
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Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Howard Miller Wall Grandfather Clock Brass Oak
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an excellent, George Nelson for Howard Miller mantle or hanging grandfather clock, with brass face and pendulum, made at the famous Zeeland Michigan plant, ...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Meridian Italian Modern Ceramic Wall Clock by Bitossi for Howard Miller, 1963
By Howard Miller, Bitossi, Raymor, George Nelson, Aldo Londi
Located in Miami, FL
A colorfull Mid-Century Modern Italian ceramic wall clock from the Howard Miller Meridian Collection.  A spoke design with small brown squares at their ends, colored in vivid Orange ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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A Vintage George Nelson Ball Clock
By George Nelson
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A classic George Nelson/Howard Miller ball clock. Mounts right into an outlet, original painted orange balls.
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1950s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Brass

Early Production George Nelson Natural Wood Ball Clock #4755, Howard Miller
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Buffalo, NY
Early production George Nelson natural wood ball clock #4755, Howard Miller, designed in 1947, Estate fresh. Purchased in 1949, wonderful example, retains original second hand and or...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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George Nelson & Associates " Spike " Wall Clock, Model 2202B, circa 1952
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
George Nelson & Associates " Spike " wall clock, model 2202B circa 1952.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Vintage Wall Ball Clock Designed by George Nelson for Vitra
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in San Diego, CA
Klassik Mid-Century Modern, Atomic age vintage wall clock designed by George Nelson for Vitra, battery-operated mechanism, made in Germany circa 1990s in working condition.
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Late 20th Century German Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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George Nelson Modern Eye Wall Clock 1957 Germany by Vitra Design Museum
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in National City, CA
For your consideration: George Nelson modern Eye Clock Walnut wood and brass Designed by George Nelson 1957 made in Germany Vitra Re-Edition 2001 authorized Re edition maker labe...
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Early 2000s German Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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George Nelson for Howard Miller 4759 Clock
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in Palm Springs, CA
An early Howard Miller clock by George Nelson. It is model 4759 and is running order. It came to us with a plug attached to the back for a direct plug into the wall. We added a cord ...
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1940s American Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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George Nelson for Vitra Brass and Chrome Star Wall Clock
By Vitra, George Nelson
Located in Philadelphia, PA
George Nelson for vitra star clock with arms of chrome and brass. This is probably a 10 year old model, newly replaced vitra clock motor.
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern George Nelson Clocks

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Brass, Chrome

Original George Nelson for Howard Miller Modern Spike Sunburst Brass Clock 1960s
By Howard Miller, George Nelson
Located in National City, CA
Vintage Mid-Century Modern brass wall clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller. Brass spike starburst sunburst design modern exaggerated original arms The USA, circa 1960s. Dimens...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Original Oval Rattan 'Basket Clock' by George Nelson for Howard Miller, 1950s
By Irving Harper, George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Out of the 150+ designs created by George Nelson for Howard Miller, this Oval 'Basket' wall clock is one of the more rare editions. Small black circles mark the number positions arou...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Rattan

Lucite and Brass Wall Clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller
By George Nelson, Howard Miller
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A truly stunning modern wall-mounted clock by George Nelson for Howard Miller. It features a transparent Lucite face and brass German workings. This clock retains its protective cove...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage George Nelson Clocks

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Brass

George Nelson clocks for sale on 1stDibs

The George Nelson clocks are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of George Nelson clocks, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 24 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original clocks by George Nelson were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider clocks by Arthur Umanoff, Irving Harper and Howard Miller. Prices for George Nelson clocks can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $800 and tops out at $6,950, while pieces like these can sell for $1,775.
Questions About George Nelson Clocks
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Modern George Nelson clocks are made in Poland. The company Vitra Designs manufactures the timepieces based on the original designs of the American designer who lived from 1908 to 1986. On 1stDibs, you can shop a selection of George Nelson clocks.

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