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Source: Architectural Digest

AD Innovator: Humans since 1982. Architectural Digest, 2014

By Natalia Rachlin. September 30, 2014

 

For Bastian Bischoff and Per Emanuelsson, founders of the Stockholm-based studio Humans Since 1982, clocks aren’t simply a way to organize the day—they’re an opportunity for awe and delight. Mixing lyrical thinking and rigorous technology in works both fantastical and functional, the designers entice viewers to stop, look, and ultimately reflect on our relationship to time.

In each creation from their limited-edition collection The Clock Clock, first conceived in 2008 and produced with the help of engineer David Cox, 24 identical analog timepieces are combined and synchronized into a large-scale display. From one moment to the next, the movements of the individual dials contribute to a hypnotic transformation, as their hands spin to create whimsical patterns, stopping every 60 seconds to form the military time in big, blocky numerals. The most recent iteration of the concept, an ongoing series titled A Million Times, is a similarly kinetic but even more graphic and elaborate configuration.

Huge hits with the crowds at international design fairs, the pair’s offerings (which also include witty sculptures such as chandeliers made of surveillance-camera shells) have garnered widespread acclaim for their elegance, precision, and ability to instill a sense of wonder. Says Bischoff, "The hidden, the secret, the unanswered—this is what makes people curious."

 

Architectural Digest. Natalia Rachlin. September 30, 2014