Created by London-based design studio Animaro, Solstice is a clock that turns the passing of time into a moving artwork. It gradually changes shape throughout the day, opening and closing like a flower.
Historically, we experienced the passing of time from the tracking of stars across the sky and the passage of shadows across the ground.
In modern day life however, time and a need for absolute accuracy has become a source of stress. We at Animaro, believe the passing of time can be something of beauty.
Solstice is the second in a range of products from Animaro that seeks to celebrate mechanical movements and bring back a closeness with the objects in our home.
At midday, when the sun is higher in the sky the clock is at its largest. At 6pm, when the sun is lower the clock is at its smallest.
It is a moving backdrop to you life, offering a new way to tell the time, through shape and pattern.
The clock face is made from small pieces of wood connected with joints, allowing them to move freely. As the hour hand turns round it pulls and pushes the wooden mechanism, causing it to gradually open and close
Solstice is a 12 hour clock with a single hour hand, much like a sundial. It does not show minutes or seconds, but rather, shows the time of day. It offers a more relaxed and meditative view of time.
Two dots on the moving structure represents an hour marker and a single dot represents a half hour marker.
In addition to working as a clock, Solstice has a demo mode. In this mode it completes one rotation every 60 seconds. Perfect for entertaining.
You can leave it in demo mode for a few minutes or a few hours or a few months, its up to you. When you switch back to clock mode it will always return to the correct time.
And to switch between the two modes? Just tap the lower metal bar. It has a touch sensor.
And if you want to see what demo mode looks like in realtime (and you have a spare minute) here it is...
Setting the time is incredibly easy, after turning the clock on the hand will begin to turn. Just tap twice to set the current time and the clock will into clock mode. Check out the video below:
Many people who have seen the Solstice clock have commented on the remarkable calming effect the clock has. Throughout its continuous motion it is both incredibly smooth and completely silent.
Solstice is the culmination of countless hours of engineering and design thinking.
The clock is made from high quality materials engineered to run smoothly and to last.
The clock body is machined from a single piece of aluminium, making it both durable and beautiful.
The mechanism is machined from engineered walnut, and hand oiled to seal it and bring out the colour. The rails are stainless steel for strength and each and every clock is hand assembled to ensure the highest quality.
Width:660mm / Length: 660mm / Depth from wall: 90mm
Power: Powered with AC power adaptor provided / 12v 1.5A
We are offering worldwide shipping - please select the appropriate destination when choosing your reward. If you are purchasing multiple clocks such as a 2 or 3 clock package, the shipping fee is for delivery to a single address. If you need these delivering to separate addresses these will be charged separately.
Animaro combines art and engineering to create playful furniture for the home. We believe that furniture does not need to be boring or purely utilitarian, it can be dynamic and have personality like we do. We like to create things that move and change shape, both for functional reasons, but more importantly to create a sense of freedom. Matt Gilbert is the CEO and founder of Animaro design. He started Animaro in 2016 with a desire to create beautifully made kinetic furniture for the home. His background is architecture and design from which he draws much of his inspiration.
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing complicated moving furniture is not particularly easy and represents risk and unknowns to many established factories. To try and mitigate this risk we have done as much development work and product evolution as possible before launching the campaign. We have also chosen factories to work with based on excellent reputation and similar products having been delivered in the past.
We have allowed for a period of product lifetime testing in our production roadmap so that we can ensure we are delivering the highest quality product that we can.
We have tried to accommodate risks and unknowns as much as possible into our production plans but sometimes it is very difficult to foresee things that can go wrong. We have worked with several manufacturers when developing each part, so should a factory experience problems or a shut-down there are always others with which we will be able to work. We are confident we have done everything we can before launching this campaign to minimize risk during the production phase.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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