Nelson Ball Clock


Designed by George Nelson, produced by Vitra



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Nelson Ball Clock

Nelson Ball Clock

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The first clock of more than 150 clocks designed for George Nelson Associates, some of which rose to iconic status, the Ball Clock (1949) kicked off a new timepiece tradition, bringing modernity in the form of small everyday objects to 1950s homes.
Nelson Ball Clock


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Care and Maintenance

With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller furniture will provide years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain the finish quality of your Herman Miller product, please follow the cleaning procedures provided below.

The instructions for the care and maintenance of Herman Miller products are provided to you as a service. No warranty is implied since results may vary.


Coated Metal 
Normal cleaning

Wash coated metal surfaces with a soft cloth soaked in detergent and warm water; rinse thoroughly and dry. Remove scuff marks with pre-softened paste wax, following the instructions on the label. After polishing, apply a pre-softened automotive paste wax to restore original sheen.

Do not use abrasive, acid, alcohol–based, or solvent–based cleaners; they may damage the paint finish.

Wood & Veneer 
Normal cleaning

Dust furniture with a slightly damp, soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe dry with a dry, soft cloth in the direction of the wood grain. Spills should be immediately wiped up with a damp cloth.

Once a month

Clean the surface with a soft cloth dampened with a quality cleaner formulated for wood furniture. Wipe the surface in the direction of the wood grain to remove dirt and fingerprints. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.

Twice a year

Apply a good quality furniture polish with a soft cloth. 

Do not use aerosol-powered cleaners or polishes. Also, do not use polishes containing waxes or abrasives, or polishes that are oil based.

Minor repair of water rings, stains, and scratches

Rub the surface lightly in the direction of the wood grain using No. 000 steel wool. Apply a scratch-removing polish with a color and value that simulates the veneer. If the scratches are deep, consult a professional furniture refinisher.

Diameter 13"


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Timeless classic!
It goes perfectly in my dining room. I appreciate the timeless design and simplicity. I am sure to enjoy in many years to come. Thinking about purchasing another George Nelson clock...
July 11, 2020
2 months ago
George Nelson clock, brass with black
Authentically beautiful ! Smile every time I look to check the time. Timeless, beautiful, thinking of ordering a second to put in our airstream trailer. Definitely worth the $ . The knock offs just don’t look like the real authentic George Nelson.
January 16, 2020
Love It!
My family and I love our Nelson Ball Clock. It's beautiful, colorful and efficient. It makes me smile, which helps when time runs by so quickly. I highly recommend it.
November 30, 2018
1 year ago

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is this battery operated?
Sam S on Mar 22, 2018
Best Answer: Yes, the Nelson Ball Clock is battery operated.
What are the dimensions?
Sheila G on May 12, 2018
Best Answer: The Nelson Ball Clock is 13 inches in diameter.

For additional questions, we can be reached at hmstore@hermanmiller.com or 888.798.0202.
are the balls ceramic
or painted metal?
amnon y on Nov 12, 2019
Best Answer: The Balls on the Nelson Ball Clock are made of wood with a painted finish.