As the picture in my head started to come into focus, the George Nelson Eye Clock was always there, staring back at me, although I'm still not clear as to what the other two will be. I spent some time last night reading about the Howard Miller clocks designed by George Nelson Associates.
The Nelson clocks began production in 1947, and it is estimated that there are over 150 designs. The first was Clock 4755, now better known as the Ball Clock. The units were available with a cord or with a "Chronopak," which mounted in a standard outlet.
Howard Miller discontinued the line in the 1980s, and Vitra picked it up again in the 1990s. The original clocks were simply given model numbers, although many of them now have commonly accepted names. Most were available in several colors. For example, the Ball Clock came in six variations, while the Sunflower Clock was available in three colors. The clocks in the ceramic Meridian line had George Nelson hands but were made by Italian craftsmen and came in many styles and colors.
The most curious thing I read was that the model commonly known as the Eye Clock was shown in Howard Miller brochures hung diagonally, rather than horizontally. That bears more investigation. I've seen them hung vertically...but diagonally?
Text and images from georgenelson.org
|Model #2238, the Eye Clock|
|Model #2239, the Spindle or Spool Clock|
|Model #2202, the Sunburst Clock|
|Model #2227, the Star Clock|
|Model #2261, the Sunflower Clock|
|Model #4756, the Steering Wheel Clock|
|Model #4775, the Pretzel Clock|
|Model #7552, one of the many Meridian designs|
|Model #7513-a, the Petal Clock|
|Model #7512, teak with birch markers|
That only leaves 140 more choices. So many beautiful clocks, so little wall space (and money).