_duration 6 months
IMNU is a new, refreshing and minimalistic look of the known wall clock. This project evolved during a semester in 2016 and kept my attention ever after. The concept and design were created back then but it took another year before the technical feasibility had been worked out. Now the clock is ready to move from a concept phase onto being produced.
I started by sketching and quick prototyping with cardboard. For developing the clock mechanism, I 3D printed and tested a lot of parts to finally come to a solution.
Different colors, surfaces and coatings of the clock face make it a unique interior piece.
Inspiration _ I was inspired by the thermal bath Vals in Switzerland. The architect Peter Zumthor designed the building based on a quarry and knowingly leaves out amusement elements such as slides or whirlpools. A bathing experience reduced to its essentials. Furthermore, you won’t find a clock on any wall as they are hidden in metal pipes that stick out of the ground. When looking inside the tube you can read the time.
The focus lies on the pointers of the clock. Instead of being attached to a pin in the middle of the dial, they run around the circumference. The clock face is a thin disc which seems to float on the wall. The overall impression is filigree, reduced and light. The wall clock has a subtle elegance.
Technical Challenge _ It is not possible to implement the concept with commercial quartz clockworks. There is no possible strong connection between clock face and clockwork without the hands coming in between any fixing point. Therefore, the clock runs with a special reconstructed clockwork which allows the clock hands to smoothly spin along the outer circumference.