Design: Ball Clock
Designer: George Nelson Associates
Country of Origin: United States
Materials & Construction: Wood and metal, acrylic finish.
Background: The exact designer of the iconic Ball Clock is unknown, even to this day. As design lore has it, George Nelson attended a dinner party with a few other prominent designers (namely Isamu Noguchi, Irving Harper, and Bucky Fuller) and a night of heavy drinking ensued. In the morning, the sketch for the Ball Clock was found on a roll of drafting paper. “I don’t know to this day who cooked it up,” Nelson said. “I know it wasn’t me.”
Illustration by Libby VanderPloeg.