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Ball Wall Clock, 1949

This is a Wall Clock. It was designed by George Nelson and manufactured by Howard Miller Clock Company and Herman Miller Clock Company and firm: George Nelson and Associates. It is dated 1949 and we acquired it in 1991. Its medium is assembled wood, painted wood, steel rods, sheet metal. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Ball Clock, part of the Chronopak series of electric wall and table clocks by George Nelson Associates for Howard Miller Clock Company, is an example of the playfulness of 1950s designers, who moved away from the severe functionalism of prewar decades. It also reflects the short-lived fashion after World War II for motifs related to atomic models and the nuclear age, offered here in a lighthearted, cartoon-like style.

This object was donated by Mel Byars. It is credited Gift of The Mel Byars Collection.

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Our curators have highlighted 5 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

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Its dimensions are

Diam x D: 33.3 x 6.5 cm (13 1/8 x 2 9/16 in.)

Cite this object as

Ball Wall Clock, 1949; Designed by George Nelson (American, 1907 – 1986); USA; assembled wood, painted wood, steel rods, sheet metal; Diam x D: 33.3 x 6.5 cm (13 1/8 x 2 9/16 in.); Gift of The Mel Byars Collection; 1991-26-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Pixar: The Design of Story.

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