Poetic Lab’s Shadow Clock is an opposing composition of contractions. Subtle in size, when illuminated and in use, it transforms into a bold installation element. The Shadow Clock indicates the changing of time, through the use of light and reflection and refraction on the environmental issues to which it is installed; namely the wall. The pre-existing lighting therefore also plays a role in this expression of its function. London-based studio Poetic Lab, headed by Hanhsi Chen and Shikai Tseng, the collaboration has seen the joining of design philosophies, whereby the central spine of their design is that of poetry of objects and materials. Initially designed in 2012, this piece is 520mm high and 400mm in depth from the fixed surface, the Shadow Clock is made from Aluminium Alloy and stainless steel. Its interaction and dependency on its environment is particularly engaging. While the nod to the traditional sundial clock is obvious, this interpretation is very much welcomed. Photography courtesy of Poetic Lab.
Ari Kanerva’s Tiuku Clock is a subtle and minimal take on the traditional grandfather style. His work is a dedication to minimalist details and to tirelessly researching functionality and ergonomics. His ethos is to make my design simple and functional, yet play with forms. There is a clear delineation from the formal and a strong divergence into design that emanates clarity of purposeful design. Function being key. Measuring 190cms in height, the Tiuku Clock transforms the conventional structure of the grandfather clock into the ideal urban representation of utility and consistency. Comprised of powder-coated sheet steel, it is available in four colour variations where the piece requires that it is mounted to the wall, but still remains in a subtle leaning-type stance. Born in Finland, with a background in Spatial and Furniture Design from the University of Art and Design Helsinki, Kanerva established his own design studio in 2010. His main focus is furniture and product design and he also assists companies with product design. The Tiuku Clock is just one of his many beautiful love children. Photography courtesy of Ari Kanerva and available through Covo and Luminaire.
This small and minimalist timepiece by Korean studio Elevenplus encompasses 24 different timezones in its body. The trick is in the cylinder that allows you to view and switch between geographic locations in a single intuitive motion. Simply rotate the clock to put the desired timezone on top, and you will have the correct time. The designers explain: Let’s say someone living in New York wants to know the time in London. When it is 5:57 pm in New York, you can see that is is 10:57 pm in London if you roll the clock so that London appears on top. See the number on the clock to read the hour and the position of the minute hand to read the minutes. The hands of this world clock move independently from the rest of its body, so they quickly transition to any timezone. The piece comes in three colors: gray, blue and orange. Check out the video to see the clock in action.
Duncan Shotton, a young British designer based in Japan, created this fun and simple timepiece, called Color O’Clock. The all-white disk features a window at its base which slowly shifts through all colors of the spectrum, greens, purples, blues, and everything in between. This changing element allows you to tell the time through hue and tone. I love that the clock itself blends with the wall, only leaving the hands and the colorful window visible. Shotton thinks that this method of reading time is more relaxed and intuitive. The clock base is made of plastic, the hands are made of matt steel. Check out the video to see the piece in action.
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.