Earl Arnault designed an icon whose whimsical appearance brought a sense of lightness to homes in the midst of the Depression. The Kit-Cat Clock has been an indelible part of American history and popular culture for more than 80 years.
Icons of Design
The buying team for MoMA Design Store embraces the same spirit of modernism upon which the Museum's architecture and design department—first of its kind anywhere in the world—was founded. Our selection starts with designers and manufacturers that were integral to the establishment of modern design, and whose iconic designs remain relevant today.
With his signature wagging tail, rolling eyes, and irresistible smile, the Kit-Cat Clock has been an indelible part of American history and popular culture for more than 80 years. The clock was created by a designer from a small town in Oregon during the height of the Great Depression. Through the 1950s, Kit-Cat's popularity skyrocketed, and the dapper feline became a fixture in the American kitchen and synonymous with the era. This now timeless piece of Americana continues to spread cheer with his wily expression and contagious grin. Made in the USA of PVC plastic. Silent movement. Requires 2 C batteries (not included).