Designer George Nelson, a linchpin of American modernism, applied his signature strong colors, simple forms and sense of humor to telling time. More than 50 years later, his ball clock has been reissued. The only change, and we think he'd approve, is that an out-of-sight battery has replaced the power cord.
Clocks available for $300 at www.momastore.org. Call 800-447-6662.