Making the rounds this year on a couple of design-y gift guides is The Present, a clock designed by Booklyn-based creative firm m ss ng p eces. The clock automatically sets itself to the current calendar date when you insert two AA batteries and then takes a year to make an entire revolution as the single hand highlights colors associated with the passing season. An original run of the clock was successfully funded on Kickstarter last year, but the clock is now available to the general public through their website.
An ingenious clock made of books on a shelf, the numbers printed on the spines while the clock itself is embedded in the central book. This will be immediately added to the Colossal headquarters project list. I’m not sure who to credit for the clock itself, but the photo was taken at a client’s home by Shokoofeh Z.Dezfuli. (via razorbladesalvations)
Update: Turns out this is something you can buy, but it has terrible reviews. Seems like more fun as a DIY project anyway. Thanks, everyone.
Designer Jamie McMahon has created a functional concept for an acoustic alarm. After tuning the strings with pegs similar to a violin, a single chord is strummed by an internal mechanism at the designated time. Listening to the video it actually makes a lovely sound.
About Time is a clock by RISD grad and Fulbright scholar Louie Rigano that abstracts the precise function of hour, minute and second hands to translucent, amorphous color wheels. The accuracy and function of such a clock is somewhat debatable and I would probably consider this more of an art piece than a means of making it to an interview on time. Unfortunately this is just a prototype but according to Rigano he plans to eventually put it into production. Yes, please. (via fastco)