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Picto wall clock is a minimalist timepiece created by Steen Georg Christensen and Erling Andersen for Rosendahl. Inspired by the Picto watch, this piece features the same rotating dial principle as its predecessor. Hours are marked with a simple dot and minutes by a conventional moving hand. I love bold color combinations – light-grey and pink, dark-grey and lime. The clock also comes in two variations of black and white. There is no glass to catch reflections, leaving your view perfectly clear from any angle.


Inspired by Greek mythology and the god of sleep Hypnos, Italian industrial designer Alessandro Zambelli has created this cute new table clock with an almost hypnotic feature: an internal pendulum that, functioning as a balance, sways the case in perpetual motion and transforms aptly-named Ipno into a ‘rocking’ clock. It is like a contemporary evolution of the pendulum clock of past ages, but wry, dynamic and creative. Here at long last is a clock free to move in space and support its own harmonic motion. Designed for Diamantini & Domeniconi, the clock first went on show at Maison et Objet in Paris from 6–10 September. It can stand alone, dispensing wall-mounting, and is available in its natural birch case finish, painted in various colours, or alternatively in walnut or mahogany.


Undoubtedly many of us have been keeping an eye on the time during our New Year celebrations, and so I thought it fitting (being the first post of 2013 here on Minimalissimo) to feature this beautiful impetus for reading the time. Designed by Minimalissimo-favorite Naoto Fukasawa for production by Magis in 2011, Tempo is a plastic wall-clock that has an all-white ground with details punctuated by a single color (orange, brown, black or grey). Despite the absence of a second-hand, the clock makes an audible ticking sound. Its graphic (almost drawn-like) quality, the rounded shapes used on the face and the use of depth give this otherwise minimalist piece a softness and playfulness that I very much enjoy. For Magis, Fukasawa also designed a reductionist cuckoo clock, titled Cu-Clock.


The German designers Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub (Jehs + Laub) have created this new sculptural wall clock for Danish furniture company, Stelton. The clock’s minute arm is linked with and forms the clock face, casting an attractive shadow on the wall, reminiscent of that original timepiece, the sundial. Simplicity gives the clock a unique, graphical look and the absence of traditional clock casing creates the illusion of floating on the wall. Made from aluminium and painted in matt black, the Stelton Time Clock measures 30cm. The design has a clear minimalist form and looks incredibly stylish, but I would also like to see the effect if painted in matt white, which may draw a stronger focus on the shadow. Either way, this wall clock is a find.


New York City based designer Alvin Aronson has created this beautiful and unique digital wall clock. Measuring (h)500 x (w)1000 x (d)100 mm, the D/A Clock is made from DuPont Corian and steel mechanics. Aronson explains: The mechanised segments of this digital clock slowly protrude from the surface to reveal the current time. When a segment retracts, it disappears seamlessly into the face of the clock. The slowly transitioning segments lend the clock a physical dimension as well as a fluid animated quality, resulting in an object that exists somewhere between the analogue and digital realms. Although I am personally more fond of analogue clocks, this is a wonderful design with seamless transitions, which I think would have a real presence in an office, for example.


Check this minimalist, analog clock named Chip. All elements are precisely laser cut from recycled chipboard. That is where the name comes from. Hidden inside is a traditional clock mechanism which drives the hour and minute disks. On the front there are subtle visual references for 3,6,9, and 12 hours. I like the clock as it is but if you do not like the blank chipboard you can easily customize the clock yourself, or adjust over time. Washington, DC based Captital Craft is founded by Matt Ford and Nick Jessee with the aim of creating products with a purposeful simplicity. Using the strength of Kickstarter they found funders for the first production.


Tamer Koseli is a Swiss multidisciplinary designer currently living in Istanbul. Koseli has recently created an unusual yet intuitive and minimal wall clock, named Period Clock. The clock is composed of just three moving circles that indicate the time in a new and intuitive way. The large and medium circles that make up the main clock face rotate to indicate the hour while the smaller circle within the medium hour circle indicates the minutes. It also glows in the dark, making it easy to tell time at night. The name of the clock might be misleading to some, but the design itself is very interesting. Although not yet in production, Period Clock, which has been designed in a variety of finishes, successfully achieves an attractive visual simplicity without compromising function.


These ambiguous desk objects by Max Phillips are truly a feat of minimalism. All three objects share the same form, which allows them to conceal their function until they are picked up. Phillips uses switchable smart glass, which turns from opaque to transparent with human touch, to achieve the unique property of these objects. One object is a clock, the other is a light, and the third is a simple container. According to Phillips, Desk Objects is an exploration into the relationship between product ambiguity and user interaction. While these objects may not be the most practical items to keep on one’s desk, I just love how Phillips explores the relationship between form and function in mundane, everyday objects. My favorite object by far is the container: it looks like the perfect place to hide little knick-knacks! Overall, this set is more conceptual than pragmatic, but I cannot deny the beauty of this design. See a video of the objects working their magic here.


London-based designer David Weatherhead strikes again, having paired up with GOODD for Thorsten van Elten in designing the Primary Clock. Made from solid 3cm Douglas fir with a screenprinted face and a German Quartz time mechanism, it comes in two styles, one with a half circle of color (Half) and the other with segmented blocks of color (Segments). Half can be hung three different ways, displaying the color part either on the bottom, the right side, or at an angle. Each clock is unique despite its repeated screenprinted design, due to the variation in wood-grain that stands out even through the color. David’s objects are born from his interest in the everyday and in designing things with a particular gesture and semantic. His inspirations come from everything, from the Bauhaus to a road safety sign. The Primary Clock is a beautiful exercise in simplicity and well-crafted objects (for instance, the clock is hung with a key-hole fixing so it sits nicely and flush against the wall).


This clock rebels against the very thing clocks traditionally represent: time. Ironically, this clock is named Time, although more often than not the actual time is hidden from view. Studio Like This has designed this analog clock so that the hour can only be read when it is approached front-on. Through the use of modern nano technology, the classic hands disappear when viewed from any other angle. Time requires one to hunt for the hour. It creates an extra step in our time-seeking process by forcing the user to physically move one’s body in order to know the hour. Consequentially, the classic question “what time is it?” creates a moment of philosophical analysis. One is compelled to also ask why knowing the time is important in that moment. It is a human compulsion to constantly ask the time and we are reminded of its passing everywhere we look. Thinking about how much time has elapsed or the limited time we have can be stressful and oppressive. This clock attempts to return us to our current task by allowing the reminder of time to fade into the background. Time fights against its very presence, enabling us to finally dwell in the...


Designer Andreas Dober brings us back to tradition with this unique mechanical clock. Though it’s unlike anything we’ve seen before, the Catena Wall Clock produced by Anthologie Quartett, still seems familiar in its analog mechanical nature. The Catena — named after the Latin word for chain — rotates a vertical bicycle chain with attached brass numbers in a clockwise direction. At the top of every hour the time appears at the zenith of the rotation. Between hours you can eyeball the amount of chain between numbers and get a surprisingly accurate estimate of the time. In the above clock photos, for example, it is approximately 11:05. I love the clever simplicity of the Catena’s design, as well as the look.


Designed by Pierre Favresse, Jean is a small and minimal bubble of time, a dome of lightness struggling with weight, a 21st century digital tribute to the mechanical heaviness of Napoleonic clocks beneath bell jars. Edited by Super-ette, Jean is as precious as the symbolic values, which vary between contrasting functional and playful, light and solid, to maliciously mark our little daily rituals. Each clock is accomplished with a single blow and is as unique and variable as a small moment of life. Favresse says: Time and life are inextricably linked – we feel time pressures in our daily lives and wish we had more time; our time on this earth is limited and dictated by a clicking clock… Time therefore is something powerful yet fragile, which is why I wanted to encase it in a delicate white cloud of glass.