Ball Clock


$440.00 - $550.00
Authorized Original. Produced by Vitra
Year Designed: 1949
Materials: Metal, wood (balls), acrylic lacquer finish
Measures: 13" diameter
George Nelson Ball Clock
George Nelson Ball Clock
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The iconic mid-century modern clock. In an 1981 interview with Ralph Caplan, George Nelson told the story of the creation of the Ball Clock:

‘We were all involved in cooking up these clocks, and Irving [Harper], in the end, was the one who made them complicated, beautiful, and so on. And there was one night when the Ball Clock got developed, which was one of the really funny evenings. [Isamu] Noguchi came by, and Bucky Fuller came by. I’d been seeing a lot of Bucky those days, and here was Irving and here was I, and Noguchi, who can’t keep his hands off anything, you know—it is a marvelous, itchy thing he’s got—he saw we were working on clocks and he started making doodles. Then Bucky sort of brushed Isamu aside. He said, “This is a good way to do a clock”, and he made some utterly absurd thing. Everybody was taking a crack at this...pushing each other aside and making scribbles.

At some point we left—we were suddenly all tired, and we'd had a little bit too much to drink—and the next morning I came back, and here was this roll [of drafting paper], and Irving and I looked at it, and somewhere in this roll there was the Ball Clock. I don’t know to this day who cooked it up. I know it wasn’t me. It might have been Irving, but he didn’t think so. [We] both guessed that Isamu had probably done it because [he] has a genius for doing two stupid things and making something extraordinary...out of the combination...[Or] it could have been an additive thing, but, anyway, we never knew. So we did the Ball Clock, which was, in its piddling way, a sort of all-time best-seller for Howard [Miller, because] suddenly it was decided by Mrs. America that this was the clock to put in your kitchen. Why [the] kitchen, I don’t know. But every ad that showed a kitchen for years after that had a ball clock in it.’


Vitra,, date accessed: June 1, 2020

  • Handmade in Poland
  • Original George Nelson Clock produced by Vitra
  • Dimensions: 13 in diameter (33 cm)
  • Weight: 3 lbs
  • High quality quartz clock movement
  • 1.5v battery powered (included)
  • Materials: metal, wood (balls), acrylic lacquer finish
  • Setting the time

    Never adjust the time by moving the hands. Use the dial on the back of the clock to set the time.

    setting the time on george nelson wall clocks

  • Replacing the battery

    All wall clocks are powered by a AA 1.5v battery (included).

    replacing battery on george nelson wall clocks

  • Cleaning

    Use a soft, damp cloth and a mild, non-abrasive detergent for cleaning stains. Unless you purchased directly from us, please contact Vitra for additional care instructions for stubborn stains or mechanical issues. We generally recommend the use of environmentally friendly cleaning agents.

  • Return policy

    We do not offer full refunds for George Nelson clock purchases, unless your clock arrives damaged or is malfunctioning. We will accept a return within 30 days if your clock is returned in original, unused condition. Buyer pays return shipping plus 10% restocking fee.

  • Warranty & repairs

    George Nelson clocks produced by Vitra are guaranteed against defects under normal use, for 2 years on parts & labor from the date of purchase and delivery damages reported within 3 business days of delivery. All repairs are done at the factory. Parts only are coverd from years 2-5; if the replacement part does not fix the issue, a full replacement may be authorized. Normal wear and tear damage or defects are excluded from warranty after 2 years. Please contact us if you have any problems throughout the life of your clock—whether in or out of warranty.

George Nelson clock installation showing scale
George Nelson Wall Clocks shown at relative scale. Size ranges from 9 to 30 inches.