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Art & Design Inspired by Time at Then Now Beyond

ByThe Artling Team
Art & Design Inspired by Time at Then Now Beyond

The Artling is pleased to share our latest project, Then Now Beyond, an exhibition of limited edition art and design pieces by some of the leading figures in the fields of contemporary art and design, commissioned on the occassion of The Hour Glass' 40th Anniversary. 

The Artling worked to come up with an initial brief for the artists and designers, inviting them to explore and engage with differing perceptions of time. Then Now Beyond presents these findings with a series of commissioned objets d’art by American artist Daniel Arsham, Australian designer Marc Newson, Japanese design studio nendo and Rotterdam-based Studio Wieki Somers, that seek to challenge our relationship with the past, the present and the future. 

The objects included in the exhibition were selected by a committee made up of Mr Michael Tay, Group Managing Director of The Hour Glass, British architect Sir David Adjaye OBE, and international watch specialist Mr Aurel Bacs. All the objects are produced in a limited edition and are available for purchase. Get in touch if you're interested in any of the pieces!

JoAnn Tan Studio, Malmaison sketch, Rotating Area, 2019. Image Courtesy of JoAnn Tan Studio

In conjunction with this special occasion, the Hour Glass' flagship store, Malmaison by the Hour Glass, has undergone a transformation by Milan-based JoAnn Tan Studio into a Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' inspired aesthetic. 

Daniel Arsham

Image Courtesy of Daniel Arsham

Fascinated by the constructions of time, Daniel Arsham explores the sculptural shape of the hourglass in bronze, opposing the use of materials commonly affiliated with time. By deconstructing the form, the hourglass stands motionless without sand pouring down, revealing a clock and a camera. Creating a frozen moment in time, Arsham's Hourglass imparts a sense of consciousness, inviting viewers to do the same, to be fully present in the moment.

Daniel Arsham, Bronze Hourglass, 2019. Image Courtesy of the artist and The Hour Glass.

Daniel Arsham, Bronze Hourglass, 2019. Image Courtesy of the artist and The Hour Glass.

Marc Newson

Image Courtesy of Jesse Shadoan

Marc Newson draws inspiration from the past, recreating the first mechanical timekeeping technology, the water clock. Using mouth-blown and hand-carved crystal, he transforms the water clock into its future state with the resources of the present. 2.8 million nanoballs are precisely dropped into the mechanism to measure a 30-minute period. The Klepsydra is a tribute to the invention and continuous innovations of timekeeping.   

Marc Newson, Klepsydra 30' Blue, 2019. Image Courtesy of the artist and The Hour Glass


Image Courtesy of Daisuke Yoshinari

Precision, one of the most important aspects of watchmaking, is epitomised in nendo's sleek cubic clock. Simple yet highly futuristic, the clock is created from a single aluminium cube without the addition of other elements. Inspired by the idea of our minds resetting, the hands of the clock were sliced from the structure, allowing the cube to seamlessly reset to its original shape only twice a day.

nendo, cubic clock, 2019. Image courtesy of nendo and The Hour Glass

Studio Wieki Somers

Image Courtesy of Heidi de Gier

Dylan van den Berg and Wieki Somers of Studio Wieki Somers take a different approach, addressing environmental issues in their artwork. The Beetle Clock simultaneously tells the time, while also telling us that we are running out it. Symbolising the indefinite relationship humans have with nature, the clock shows two beetles chasing time on a chopped tree trunk as though attempting to catch up and save nature in the race against the ecological impacts of urbanisation. 

Studio Wieki Somers, Beetle Clock, 2019. Image Courtesy of Mathijs Labadie

The exhibition takes place from 24 November-31 January 2020 at Malmaison by the Hour Glass.

For more information, click here.