Eye Clock - brass / walnut - des. George Nelson, 1948-60 (made by Vitra)
The eye clock makes a real impact whilst remaining so slim, so cool, so elegantly midcentury... time ticks by, and the eye clock misses nothing.
Nelson was first commissioned to create a collection of clocks in 1947. He analysed how people used clocks and concluded that they read the time by discerning the relative position of the hands, which made the use of numbers unnecessary. Furthermore, since most people wore wristwatches, he assumed that clocks had become more of a decorative element for interiors. However to us, Nelson's clocks have become design classics because they're beautiful and useful. And we hate, hate, hate looking at our phones when we want to know what time it is! This is an infinitely more stylish and civilised solution.
Approximate dimensions: 76cm / 30 inches wide, 34cm / 13 1/2 inches high.
- Materials: various types of wood and metal.
- Product contents: high-quality quartz clock movement, 1.5 volt battery included.
- Origin of wood: all wood types from Poland