SINGAPORE – Go for Christmas collectables as stocking fillers this year. From French-Moroccan artist Mehdi Qotbi’s abstract images on Bacha Coffee’s festive tins to Spanish designer Jaime Hayon’s minimalist vase, gifts with design stories are great conversation starters, too.
Revisit the 1950s with Nelson Clocks
Ceramic clocks were designed by American George Nelson in 1953, but had never been mass-produced before.
Swiss designer furniture brand Vitra has relaunched the clocks, staying true to Nelson’s original plans and prototypes.
Nelson, who was born in 1908 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, studied architecture at Yale University and was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome from 1932 to 1934.
There he met some of the biggest names in modernism such as Charles and Ray Eames, and Alexander Girard. Upon his return to the United States, Nelson took up the post of design director at American furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, creating furniture for the home and office.
After his death in New York in 1986, his estate – which included over 7,400 writings and sketches – was held by the Vitra Design Museum.
Combining geometric and organic forms in an approach that is both playful and sculptural, the ceramic clocks are made of enameled porcelain and come in three models.
Price: $725 from the Vitra Store, 14-08 Tan Boon Liat Building, 315 Outram Road