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Original Oval Rattan 'Basket Clock' by George Nelson for Howard Miller, 1950s

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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 around the oval, woven wicker-basket clock face. From the center, the long minute hand and the triangular hour hand, with thin contrasting pop of color red second hand, a beloved feature of George Nelson clock designs. The wicker styling of this clock makes it extremely designer forward for current interior design trends. Consider pairing this in an interior with Franco Albini, Gabriella Crespi and other 20th Century Designers who incorporated wicker and rattan in their designs. Designed by Irving Harper of George Nelson Associates and produced by Howard Miller, taken from his Wiki: Harper decided to create clocks that were a piece of sculpture. "To omit numbers and have an abstract object that moved on the wall was something no one was doing at the time". Harper was the principle designer of the iconic wall clocks from George Nelson Associates. This beautiful collector's piece retains a partial Howard Miller label on the back making this an incredible collector's piece. The archetypal design makes this clock appropriate for a number of locations, from Mid-Century Modern and post modern to Classic and contemporary homes to elegant executive offices to hip startups. It would also be great in a hospitality, retail or corporate location, such as a boutique hotel lobby, cocktail bar, members club, workspace studio, executive office or in a luxe clothing emporium. Note, often people mistake Howard Miller for Herman Miller. While Howard was related to Herman, this was a distinct company specializing in clocks. Dimensions: Depth 4" / height 10.5" / width 13.25" Condition: Very good original example with original label on verso.

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About George Nelson (Designer)

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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