Clocks: timely design

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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As we become more and more reliant on cellphones to check the time, sometimes it seems as though the clock could become a relic of the past. But nothing can beat the convenience of glancing up at the wall to check whether you are on time as you head out the door. In addition to being useful, clocks can also be very stylish. Although the mechanisms of a timepiece are notoriously intricate, the design from the outside is very simple, allowing designers the opportunity to get creative, making clocks that re-imagine the way we tell time. Today on homify, with the help of our UK experts, we have a look at some clocks with timely, original designs.

Sundial

Sunclock #2 Dawn:  Household by Lina Patsiou
Lina Patsiou

Sunclock #2 Dawn

Lina Patsiou

This timepiece is part of a collection called Sunclocks by London-based designer Lina Patsiou.  This model is called 'Dawn', and the colour gradient does seem to suggest the gentle rays of the morning sun peaking over the horizon. The reference to the sun makes us think of the original way of marking time by watching the passage of the sun across the sky and of a sundial. Now, we can watch the clock's hands travel around it's face, which is made of leather that has been suntanned into different shades: another process that marks the passage of time.

Ticking breaths

Breathing Clock - front view:  Household by BLOTT WORKS
BLOTT WORKS

Breathing Clock—front view

BLOTT WORKS

This stylish clock is made by British firm Blott Works. Its cogs and gears are on full display, which, along with the simple metal hands and open face showing the exposed brick behind, would allow the clock to fit well in a trendy, industrial style home. In addition to its fresh look, this clock holds another surprise: it breathes! As the clock ticks, its outer rings move gently in and out, giving the impression that it is inhaling and exhaling with each passing moment. After all, breath is another way traditionally used to mark time. 

Cardboard clock

 Household by homify
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Edge Clock Walnut—Yellow

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This clock is part of the Edge collection from designers Lqui Design. Like all the furniture in this line, it is constructed from layers of corrugated cardboard, which, despite its light weight, is incredibly strong. The outside of the clocks are finished with oak and walnut veneer for a sleek, modern look. The bright yellow colour of the hands suggests a playfulness that is echoed by the resoruceful use of cardboard made obvious on the clock's sides. 

Updated classic

Here, in a room by interior designer Claire Beckhaus, we see an example of the traditional timepiece. This elegant design, which uses Roman numerals and a dark wood frame, looks stunning against the deep pink wall. The result is a room with the air of an updated classic. 

Future time

MR & MRS LAWLESS KITCHEN: modern Kitchen by Diane Berry Kitchens
Diane Berry Kitchens

MR & MRS LAWLESS KITCHEN

Diane Berry Kitchens

One place in the house where it is very useful to have a clock on the wall is the kitchen. For this home, kitchen designer Diane Berry has chosen a clock that matches with the very modern chairs around the kitchen island. The star shape has a futuristic, 1960s feel that makes it look like something from the Jetsons. A fun, funky way to check the time as you cook!

The concept of time

​Formafantasma: :   by Established & Sons
Established & Sons

​Formafantasma:

Established & Sons

We close this sampling of clocks with an installation presented by Established & Sons for the 2014 London Design festival. A collaboration with design group Formafantasma, the installation showcased a selection of new timepieces, each of which track the passage of time through the use of different precious materials. In our busy lives, rarely do we stop to consider our movement through time and our relation to the objects and world around us. With these different clocks, we are encouraged to reflect on the unique opportunities and experiences of each passing moment.

What do you think of these clocks? Let us know in the comments!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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