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Kinetic Design

Sculpture of time A5-01

Designed and engineered in Switzerland by Around Five, Sculpture of Time A5-01 is a unique table clock that allows to experience Time differently

The adventure of Around Five begins with their sculpture of time, which changes according to time of day. It suggests a different way of measuring time, based upon the sun’s path and its curved outline which appears and vanishes behind the horizon.

The relentless scrolling of digital seconds is replaced here by a poetic and architectural time frame, encouraging encounters. The so to speak slow time of the clock, literally “analogical”, invites to contemplation and to enjoy the present moment.

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Concept, design, engineering, manufacturing and assembly made in Switzerland.

Time indication by linear movement of the marker over 24 hours

Point of return/starting of the marker: 6:00 AM

Sculpture of Time A5-01
  • Material : extruded and cut-out aluminium
  • Autonomy : more than one year
  • Battery supply (5x AA 1,5V)
  • Dimensions / Weight : 49cm x 8cm x 13cm / 1.92kg
  • Price: 1’590 CHF inc. VAT

NIXIE TIME ZONE CLOCK V2

Created to display the time in five different time zones sequentially, the Nixie Time Zone Clock V2 is a unique kinetic table clock that will make you travel around the globe. The time is displayed using genuine “Nixie” tubes (numerical indicators) made by hand in Germany in the 60s.

These gas-filled tubes have a lifespan of more than 20 years in standard operation and have become almost impossible to find today. Invented and designed in our studio in Lausanne, Switzerland, this table clock is entirely Swiss Made by the same workshops that manufacture components for the best Swiss watch brands. Kinetic Design

The Nixie Time Zone Clock V2 is made from the highest quality materials and machining technology. Pratically every component is processed more than just once, in the same machine, to obtain an incredible level of detail. Many of the components are finished by hand : the brushed and polished finishings or the orange enamel painted letters (similar to “cloisonné”), which requires utmost precision and skill.

Most of the components are treated in PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) in three colors : light grey, dark grey and blue. PVD is a high-end coating used for luxury watch components, medical tools and aerospace technology. The body, which is milled from a solid aluminum cylinder, is anodized in a unique bronze grey color we specially formulated just for the clock.

Kinetic Design Nixie Time Zone Clock V2
  • Adatte Design
  • Dimensions: L 330 x l 80 x h 80 mm
  • Limited edition 100 pieces
  • Price: 9'500 CHF inc. VAT

SLOW DANCE

A Canvas to play, experiment and discover.

“Slow dance” is the first creation of Wonder Machines – a picture frame that makes real objects appear to move in slow motion. By taking advantage of the limits of human visual perception, this optical illusion sculpture appears to be doing the impossible — right before your eyes. Slow Dance combines technology, science, and art, in order to remind us of the natural mystery, beauty, and wonder that surround us every day.

Play and experiment! YOU bring the objects to Slow Dance — it is a blank canvas for you to compose.

From weeds on the street to flowers in the garden to bird feathers, each object will reveal a new slow motion world. It will change how you will see plants and other objects forever. Different modes allow you to cycle through different dance patterns, some slow and smooth, and others that make the object appear to jump through space.

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Slow Dance – Ebonized Ash

Comes with:
• Two feathers
• US, European, Australia or UK compatible power adapter
• Wall mounting hook
• Optional feet for stability

  • Dimensions : 30.5cm x 35.5cm x 5cm (W x H x D)
  • Price: 440 CHF inc. VAT

INVERTED SPACE

Designed and engineered in Germany by inventor-artist Robert Spillner, “Inverted Space” is a spherical kinetic sculpture that beautifully delivers infinite flow patterns of metallic liquid.

Robert Spillner, born in Koblenz in the Rhineland region of south-western Germany, grew up with a fascination for mechanics, deeply felt already at an early childhood age. Consequently, Spillner found himself working for the automotive industry after graduating with degrees in engineering from the university of Cologne and Bochum. “All I desired was to solve mechanical problems and invent new things,” says Spillner of his life-long passion. One of his early inventions, a steering valve, had an F1 team contact him right out after his first employment: “Within a year, half of the F1 teams were using the valve that I had produced in the garage at home.”

For the past twenty years and while pursuing a successful career in automotive engineering, Spillner created many elaborate and yet minimalist kinetic objects, which can be found in collections across Europe, Asia and the USA. Following the original spark of fusing engineering with art, Spillner in his studio and workshop in Düsseldorf creates those innovative machines deeply inspired by the patterns and mechanisms of nature, a ‘Deus ex Machina’ of sorts, equipped with a wonderful sense of humour.

Spillner’s latest creation is “Inverted space” and it is more brilliant than ever. “I wanted to create an image which would change in time, but not a video. I had this intuition one night that I needed to use molecules instead of mechanical parts. The result is absolutely mind-blowing. What you see are rotating galaxies or images that resemble those taken by weather satellites, simply because of the physics behind it” reveals Spillner, “or maybe what you see is similar to the otherworldly energy behind meditation… Either way, “Inverted Space” is life in motion.”

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Inverted Space

Silver edition, limited to 24 pieces
Also available in “black” and “gold” on request (limited to 24 pieces each)

  • Dimension: 945 x 945 x 88 mm
  • Price: 8’500 CHF inc. VAT

STORY BY FLYTE

Count minutes, hours, months and even years.

STORY is the first levitating timepiece that travels through the air allowing you to personalize your own time and your most special journeys.

It is also a metaphor of our planet revolving around the sun, reminding us that time is not just something we keep hidden in our pockets, but a physical and shared experience.

The clock is controlled via a mobile app enabling you to customize your own orbit. It can be used as a standard clock to count the seconds, minutes and hours, or as a custom clock to count special moments such as birthdays, anniversaries, or upcoming travel plans.

STORY is more than just a clock: it’s a unique way to visualize time.

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Story Walnut

Story’s main display is backlit and illuminates through a stylish Walnut surface, giving it a seamless look and finish.

  • Diameter : 265mm
  • Price: 849 CHF inc. VAT

flyte

Flyte hovers in mid-air using magnetic levitation and is powered wirelessly through the air.

Combining minimalist design and magnetic magic, Flyte makes the ultimate conversation piece and the perfect design gift for any home or office.

While most light bulbs are fixed to a socket, Flyte’s energy efficient LEDs are powered through the air, providing a soft, warm white glow. Suspended in the air with almost no friction, its gentle rotating effect will keep you mesmerized in peaceful state of mind for hours. With Flyte, we’ve set the light bulb free!

Designed in Sweden, the FLYTE base is made of quarter-sawn oak and walnut wood finishes. Each unit is carefully crafted to precision using premium components inspired by minimalism and vintage design. The energy-efficient LEDs inside the shatterproof bulb have a light-up time of 50,000 hours. That’s the equivalent of 12 hours a day for 11 years, or 6 hours a day for 22 years; proving both its efficiency and functionality.

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Flyte Buckminster

FLYTE Buckminster, named after the visionary American inventor Buckminster Fuller (and also the name of the designer's cat!), features an Edison-style borosilicate glass bulb, a 7 LED star-shaped filament, a Copper cap and an aluminum ring. The base is crafted from a sustainably-sourced Walnut wood. 

  • Base Dimensions : L 128 x l 128 x h 22 mm
  • Price: 375 CHF inc. VAT

ClockClock 24

Part kinetic sculpture, part functional timepiece, ClockClock 24 is produced and carefully assembled with true dedication in Humans since 1982’s workshop in Sweden.

Twenty-four clocks come together to tell a collective story in one singular digital display. Each individual clock hand is choreographed in line with the others, so that these clocks tell the time as a collective, rather than individually. The piece can be programmed in 12- or 24-hour time and has three different modes of movement between each minute: minimal, medium or elaborate.

ClockClock 24 combines a unique concept, technical precision and expert craftsmanship, resulting in the highest quality form. Each piece is produced and carefully assembled in Humans since 1982’s workshop in Stockholm, Sweden.

Humans since 1982 are Bastian Bischoff (b. 1982, Germany) and Per Emanuelsson (b. 1982, Sweden). Since meeting as postgraduate students at HDK Göteborg in 2008, the duo have produced works that defy easy categorisation, situated between visual art and product design. The Humans since 1982 studio is based in Stockholm, and now comprises a large group of specialists with different professional and cultural backgrounds.

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ClockClock 24 Black Edition
by Humans since 1982

Handcrafted housing in mineral composite (Corian®), black clock hands, electronic components.

  • Size: 900×400×38 mm (35,4’’×15,7’’×1,5’’)
  • Limited edition of 950 pieces
  • Price: 7'500 CHF inc. VAT
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ClockClock 24 White Edition
by Humans since 1982

Handcrafted housing in mineral composite (Corian® Deep Nocturne), white clock hands, electronic components.

  • Size: 900×400×38 mm (35,4’’×15,7’’×1,5’’)
  • Limited edition of 950 pieces
  • Price: 6'500 CHF inc. VAT

AMAOTO

Driven by solar power, Amaoto recreates the sounds of a field rustling in the wind or rain falling gently on the water's surface and leaves.
Its flat tipped branches, shiny black arches, and circular black base certainly have the gift to hypnotize you!

'HAKU': bright cherry natural base with soft curves reminiscent of natural plants. It evokes the sparkling raindrops on leaves in the sunlight after the rain.

'KOKU': dark wenge serene base. It features a silhouette composed of straight lines and has an urban mechanical look. It evokes a gleaming feel of stones, roads, and houses after the rain.

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Amaoto by Kokusai
Koku
  • Materials: Stainless, brass and acrylic resin, wenge wood
  • Dimensions: Diameter: 92 × H 215 mm
  • Price: 390 CHF inc. VAT
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Amaoto by Kokusai
Haku
  • Materials: Stainless, brass and acrylic resin, cherry wood
  • Dimensions: Diameter: 102 x H 215mm
  • Price: 390 CHF inc. VAT

FINGERS MKII

Fingers Mk III by Nik Ramage for Laikingland is a fantastic, impatiently-tapping mechanical replica of Ramage’s own hand.

At the flick of a switch, the realistic digits in distinctive dark black resin drum rhythmically, until the motor is turned off again. Ramage has been a good friend of Laikingland for many years, describing himself as “a mechanical sculptor who makes useless machines and invents contraptions that the world didn't know it needed”.

Based in both the UK and The Netherlands, Laikingland is a creative label that designs and manufactures beautifully crafted kinetic objects that engage, and evoke a sense of play and nostalgia.

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  • Each piece is individually numbered
  • Cast Iron resin, steel and motor (Batteries included)
  • Dimensions: Human hand
  • Price: 950 CHF inc. VAT
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swinging sticks

Swinging, flowing, noiselessly circling – never stopping. The swinging sticks seem to defy gravity, to turn logic on its head.

How can they endlessly swing without ever pausing? How can the sticks circle so fluidly that they create a relaxing, and almost hypnotic effect?

The Swinging Sticks generate an illusion - almost like perpetual motion - as the sticks turn and turn noiselessly and, it would seem, in contradiction to the laws of physics.

An electrical engineer and a designer have spent several years working on this phenomenon. Besides the technical challenge, an important aspect was the development of an aesthetic in a combination of metal and wood. The Swinging Sticks are a high-quality decorative object with sophisticated entertainment value. Individually hand-made in a precision process, each set of sticks is a unique item.

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Kinetic Design Aluminium sticks with wooden base (batteries included)
  • Large edition: L 51 x H 80 x D 14.5 cm, Price: 500 CHF inc. VAT
  • Small edition: L 26,5 x H 42 x D 9,5 cm, Price: 390 CHF inc. VAT

SOLAR ORNITHOPTER

An ornithopter (from Greek ornithos "bird" and pteron "wing") is an aircraft that flies by flapping its wings. Enn and Kaku are autonomous solar-powered ornithopters.

Kinetic Design Enn
  • Fish-like motion
  • Stainless steel, brass, polycarbonate
  • Size: L 16 x H 15 x D 5 cm
  • Price: 99 CHF inc. VAT
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Kinetic Design Kaku
  • Bird-like motion
  • Stainless steel, brass, polycarbonate
  • Size: L 16 x H 15 x D 5 cm
  • Price: 99 CHF inc. VAT
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