At the base of their role, clocks help us organize our life, but with the intervention of some creative minds they can also beautify it or even relieve us from stress. Here are few examples of clocks that do more than showing the time.
After spending the last year researching the ferrofluid’s possibilities, Dutch designer Zelf Koelman came up with this amazing clock that acts more like a living entity. Unlike traditional clocks, Ferrolic has no mechanical parts but relies on powerful electromagnets and the ferrofluid which is a liquid highly sensitive to magnetic fields. In the front, the display has a basin comparable to an aquarium in which the ferrofluid can move freely, while in the back the electromagnets draw the magical fluid into ever-shifting shapes and, occasionally clock numbers.
The software used to control the magnets is accessible via a web browser, which means the shapes and information displayed, can be edited.
2. Vague Clock
Designer Sejoon Kim of South Korea has designed this clock to help people break free from time pressure. Suggestively entitled the Vague Clock, the product is covered with a flimsy piece of fabric that hides the time until pressed inwards. If someone wishes to check the exact time, they need to do extra effort to approaching the clock and touch it. Otherwise the clock remains just a white spot on the wall. The position of the minute and hour hands can be seen distinctly.
The Vague Clock’s design concept was awarded at the 2010 Red Dot Awards.
3. Coniferous Clock
This piece of art created by Japanese design collective Bril is based on sugidama or asakebayashi, an old Japanese ritual through which sake makers were notifying clients of when their beverages were ready. In the absence of technology, sake makers would tie together and hang up boughs of fresh cedar branches right after they pressed the wine from the new rice harvest. Once the sugidama turned completely brown after several months, clients knew that the sake was ready to drink.
The Coniferous Clock is composed by a circular cedar frame filled with leaves that gradually fade from green to brown over the course of a year. The leaves are attached by hooking them over small nails inside the frame.
The only element that gives the timepiece a more clock-like appearance is the swinging pendulum.