While they’re not in the business of producing any cinematic tours de force, Milton Glaser, Crispin Jones, and Dieter Rams present their own artistic takes on time for the MoMA Design Store’s spring 2013 collection.
From stand-still minute hands paired with revolving faces; chalk-friendly surfaces; and glow-in-the-dark numbers, a slew of designers are taking the clock (not to be confused with “The Clock”) a step towards the avant-garde.
It’s the minutes and hours that move while the market stays still, slightly reminiscent of the functions of a sundial.
This minimal watch is only slightly askew.
Glow in the Dark Wall Clock, Kazunori Tashima, 2012
In the dark, when the black backing disappears, the glow-in-the-dark, protruding hours seem to float.
With its compactness, clarity, and silent function, it’s good design to go.
While it spells out the time in five languages — English, German, Spanish, French, and Russian — we suspect the English setting is more attuned to British sensibilities.
Countdown Clock, Crispin Jones, 201
Keep track of pending vacations, birthdays, and other noteworthy events up to 999 days in advance. What are you up to in 2016?
Tablita Wall Clock, Enrico Azzimonti, 2011
This refrigerator-mountable magnetized chalkboard doubles its usefulness with its timekeeping function.
Sprocket Wall Clock, Milton Glaser, 2012
Although it takes a second or two to get used to its slightly unorthodox means of telling time, the Sprocket Wall clock has been imbued with a touch of color and whimsy. That’s the beloved Mr. Glaser as usual.
— Janelle Zara