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Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

MODERN STYLE

The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw sweeping social change and major scientific advances — both of which contributed to a new aesthetic: modernism. Rejecting the rigidity of Victorian artistic conventions, modernists sought a new means of expression. References to the natural world and ornate classical embellishments gave way to the sleek simplicity of the Machine Age. Architect Philip Johnson characterized the hallmarks of modernism as “machine-like simplicity, smoothness or surface [and] avoidance of ornament.”

Early practitioners of modernist design include the De Stijl (“The Style”) group, founded in the Netherlands in 1917, and the Bauhaus School, founded two years later in Germany.

Followers of both groups produced sleek, spare designs — many of which became icons of daily life in the 20th century. The modernists rejected both natural and historical references and relied primarily on industrial materials such as metal, glass, plywood, and, later, plastics. While Bauhaus principals Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created furniture from mass-produced, chrome-plated steel, American visionaries like Charles and Ray Eames worked in materials as novel as molded plywood and fiberglass. Today, Breuer’s Wassily chair, Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona chaircrafted with his romantic partner, designer Lilly Reich — and the Eames lounge chair are emblems of progressive design and vintage originals are prized cornerstones of collections.

It’s difficult to overstate the influence that modernism continues to wield over designers and architects — and equally difficult to overstate how revolutionary it was when it first appeared a century ago. But because modernist furniture designs are so simple, they can blend in seamlessly with just about any type of décor. Don’t overlook them.

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Style: Modern
21st Century by Elda Lippi "OROLOGIO 6" Marble Clock
Located in massa, IT
Marble clock designed by Arch. Elda Lippi Size: cm. 12 x 12 x 6 H. Materials: Bianco Carrara - Nero Marquina - Pietra serena - Pietra dorata.   
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Marble

Kartell Air Du Temps Table Clock in Crystal Black by Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lightness is the watchword of the table clock "Air du Temps" inhabited by hollows and light. Its aerial shape and its clean and essential design allow time to elapse suspended on a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Kartell Air du Temps Table Clock in White by Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lightness is the watchword of the table clock "Air du Temps" inhabited by hollows and light. Its aerial shape and its clean and essential design allow time to elapse suspended on a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

21st Century by D.Palterer Marble and Metal Clock in Nero Marquina White Carrara
Located in massa, IT
Marble clock designed by Arch. David Palterer. Size: cm. 9 x 5 x 25 H. Materials: Bianco Carrara - Nero Maequina Designed by: David Palterer.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Marble

Kartell Air Du Temps Table Clock in Crystal Red by Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lightness is the watchword of the table clock "Air du Temps" inhabited by hollows and light. Its aerial shape and its clean and essential design allow time to elapse suspended on a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Lino Sabattini Italy, Table Watch in Silver-Plated Metal, 1980s
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Lino Sabattini (1925-2016), Italy. Table watch in silver-plated metal. Art deco style. 1980s. Measures: 21.5 x 11.5 cm. In excellent condition. Stamped.
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal, Silver Plate

Kartell Tic & Tac Clock in White by Philippe Starck & Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A transparent square "box" measuring 30x30 cm with Roman numerals engraved on the surface encompassing the flat clock face where a slim pair of colored hands stand out in a chromatic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Plastic

Kartell Air Du Temps Table Clock in Crystal Gold by Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lightness is the watchword of the table clock "Air du Temps" inhabited by hollows and light. Its aerial shape and its clean and essential design allow time to elapse suspended on a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Metal

Established & Sons Small Font Clock by Sebastian Wrong
Located in London, GB
The iconic calendar clock, with its distinctive form and flip mechanism, has an established following in design circles. Sebastian Wrong deliberately increases our attraction to its ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Plastic

Established & Sons Medium Font Clock by Sebastian Wrong
Located in London, GB
The iconic calendar clock, with its distinctive form and flip mechanism, has an established following in design circles. Sebastian Wrong deliberately increases our attraction to its ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Plastic

Kartell AIR DU TEMPS Table Clock in Black by Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Lightness is the watchword of the table clock "Air du Temps" inhabited by hollows and light. Its aerial shape and its clean and essential design allow time to elapse suspended on a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Metal

Established & Sons Large Font Clock by Sebastian Wrong
Located in London, GB
The iconic calendar clock, with its distinctive form and flip mechanism, has an established following in design circles. Sebastian Wrong deliberately increases our attraction to its ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Plastic

German Table Clock German 20th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Table clock German, 19th century XX , wooden box covered with "de Boulle" marquetry, inlaid in metal Gold and pierced metal inserts, representing plant motifs. Gold metal dial with ...
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20th Century German Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Bronze

Seiko World Timer GMT Desk Clock, Quartz Movement with Sweeping Seconds, 1980s
Located in Uppsala, SE
Seiko world timer GMT tilted desk or table clock with a sweeping seconds with a red aeroplane seconds hand and quartz movement from the 1980s. Case made of walnut veneer. This exampl...
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1980s Japanese Vintage Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Walnut

Kartell Tic & Tac Clock in Orange Red by Philippe Starck & Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A transparent square "box" measuring 30x30 cm with Roman numerals engraved on the surface encompassing the flat clock face where a slim pair of colored hands stand out in a chromatic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Plastic

Kartell Tic & Tac Clock in Chrome by Philippe Starck & Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A transparent square "box" measuring 30x30 cm with Roman numerals engraved on the surface encompassing the flat clock face where a slim pair of colored hands stand out in a chromatic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Plastic

Kartell Tic & Tac Clock in Gold by Philippe Starck & Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A transparent square "box" measuring 30x30 cm with Roman numerals engraved on the surface encompassing the flat clock face where a slim pair of colored hands stand out in a chromatic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Plastic

Kartell Tic & Tac Clock in Black by Philippe Starck & Eugeni Quitllet
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A transparent square "box" measuring 30x30 cm with Roman numerals engraved on the surface encompassing the flat clock face where a slim pair of colored hands stand out in a chromatic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Plastic

Surrealistic Sculptural Clock by Pedro Friedeberg
Located in Atlanta, GA
An iconic craved sculptural clock by the famed Mexican surrealistic artist and designer Pedro Friedeberg (Mexican, b. 1937) circa 1960s. The whimsical design incorporates the signatu...
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1960s Mexican Vintage Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Wood

MAITLAND SMITH Leather Desk Clock
Located in Charlotte, NC
A decorative desk top clock in a leather clad box by Maitland Smith. Mahogany box, leather clad and gold embossed. German made, battery operated, clock set into mahogany on hinges to...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Brass

Materico Table Modern Clock 2019 with Sara Noir Marble and Finishes in 24k Gold
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Materico collection is a family of watches dedicated to the world of interiors. The collection is characterized by a table clock and a wall clock with a minimal design but at the...
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2010s Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Marble, Gold Plate

Polychrome Table Clock 5 by David Palterer
Located in Milan, IT
The encounter between different geometric volumes and marble types conflicting in color tone and tracery defines the breath-taking design of this table clock, a splendid solution to ...
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2010s Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Marble

Winged White Table Clock 1 by David Palterer
Located in Milan, IT
A piece of functional decor sure not to go unnoticed, this table clock effortlessly merges minimalist design with Baroque-style, zoomorphic elements. The silhouette in white marble s...
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2010s Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Marble

Polychrome Table Clock 54 by David Palterer
Located in Milan, IT
An impeccable incorporation of geometric volumes defines the look of this elegant clock, evoking the encounter at the horizon between the sun and sea lit by sunset. The semicylindric...
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2010s Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Marble

Red Table Clock 2A by David Palterer
Located in Milan, IT
The allure of red marble meets the industrial, cool flair of metal in this captivating clock, for a final design able to blend in sophisticated professional or residential decors. De...
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2010s Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Marble

Green Table Clock 2B by David Palterer
Located in Milan, IT
This eye-catching table clock - also offered in a seductive red-toned variant - makes for a spot-on solution to accent coastal decors. Black and white veins adorn the emerald green m...
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2010s Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Marble

Winged Black Table Clock 1 by David Palterer
Located in Milan, IT
Fascinating in its artful design incorporating unexpected zoomorphic elements, this table clock will set a fairy-tale tone to nightstands, dressers, or desks. An unfurled wing with a...
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2010s Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Marble

Black and Gray Table Clock 3 by David Palterer
Located in Milan, IT
An exquisite addition to a desk or console in luxe modern homes, this table clock is marked by a slender silhouette comprised of a bold, cylindrical base in black marble from which s...
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2010s Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Marble

Gucci Limited Edition Brown Travel Desk Alarm Clock/Watch, Italy, 1980s
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Gucci Limited Edition Brown Travel Desk Alarm Clock/watch, 1980s At the bottom signed Gucci "Made in Italy". Approximate size: 2.5 " x 3".
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1980s Italian Vintage Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Metal, Chrome

Dator 6041 Clock by Solari Udine
Located in Sacile, PN
Dator 6041 clock by Solari Udine, dated 1991. It will be sold after a fine-tuning.
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Late 20th Century Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Plastic

21st Century by D. Palterer Marble and Metal Clock in Rosso Framcia e Verde Alpi
Located in massa, IT
Marble clock designed by Arch. David Palterer. Size: cm. 10.5 x 6 x 26 H. Materials: Rosso Francia / Verde Alpi Designed by: David Palterer.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

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Marble

French 1930s Burlwood Clock Box
Located in New York, NY
A rare and elegant box with an inset clock. French 1930s, 8 Day movement.
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1930s Vintage Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Brass

Blue Hour Table Clock Signed by Adam Ruiz & Cyril Fuchs
Located in Geneve, CH
Blue hour table clock signed by Adam Ruiz & Cyril Fuchs Dimensions: 50 x 27 x 4 cm Materials: Sculpted steel Handscultped, signed The blue hour is a steel clock weathered with ...
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2010s French Modern Table Clocks and Desk Clocks

Materials

Carrara Marble, Copper

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