“Design is a response to social change” —— George Nelson
In the era of postwar recovery, when the consumerism lifestyle prevailed, the market started getting tired of purely functional design, so furniture designers put more effort into producing design-oriented artwork, the group of furniture that had some cultural implications. At the same time, people paid more attention to furniture production thanks to the increase in work offices.
擁有前衛造型的Ball Clock（彩球時鐘）便是例子之一，在手錶盛行的年代，George Nelson發現手錶的首要功能不再只是顯示時間，而是作為室內設計的裝飾元素。因此，一系列跳脫動感的鐘錶就此誕生。
With an avant-garde shape, the Ball Clock is an example. When wearing wristwatches was a norm among people, George Nelson analyzed 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. Thus, a series of dynamic timepieces were born.
The minimalist aesthetic and streamlined shape formed his design. Being regarded as one of the earliest “Pop Art” furniture designs, it was the transformation of a traditional sofa into a three-dimensional structure made of soft, colored cushioning. Although the manufacturing cost was high and the sales volume was low in 1956, the design that subverted the traditional sofa quickly became a classic masterpiece of contemporary design.
George Nelson (1908-1986) was one of the most important American designers of the 20th century. After earning an architectural degree, Nelson began his career in the 1930s as an author and journalist before opening his own design office in 1947. The first collection commissioned by the furniture manufacturer Herman Miller marked the beginning of a collaboration that would last three decades and spawn numerous classics of furniture design.
棉花糖梳化、七彩繽紛的Ball Clock均屬美國二十世紀現代設計之父George Nelson的經典傑作。他不僅是設計師，同時是知名的建築師、作家、教師及雜誌記者。
Active as an architect, a product and exhibition designer and a writer, he was a leading voice in the discourse on design and architecture over several decades.
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