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With the emergence of modern decor and a more simple style, minimalism has also gained popularity in recent years.

One of the essential ways to exercise minimalism is in clock design. There are a wide variety of minimalist clocks that are attractive and, of course, simple. This blog post will be dedicated to clocks, minimalism and the benefits of minimalism.

To better understand and appreciate the clock designs that will be discussed, it is important to know exactly what minimalism is. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, minimalism is an art form that first appeared in 1913, inspired by a Russian painter named Kasimir Maleyich. It is also referred to as “ABC Art.” Maleyich’s piece of artwork was comprised of a simple black square in front of a white background. Through the 1950s, some influential people in minimalism were Robert Duran, Robert Morris, Gene Davis and Ellsworth Kelly, among many others. Minimalism is applied to visual arts and music. In both avenues, it is meant to delve into the essential elements of a form of art. The idea is to remove any personal or distracting elements of the design and make it purely of objective value. In recent years, it has expanded to become an entire way of life, with people eliminating all things that are unnecessary and choosing necessary items with a minimal design.

One very unique minimalist clock that was released by Nooks Design can be seen in this YouTube video.

The clock incorporates all the elements of simplicity, with a simple black solid color and small white markings for most of the numerals, representing hour reference marks. Only the number 12 appears at the top in standard form. From the company website, clocks can be ordered in two different shades of gray or plain white. What is most unique about this clock is that it can be folded into a triangle. As seen in the video, the demonstrator folds the clock’s edges and mounts it the corner of a room. Nooks Design was founded by Kan Chau and Samuel Cheung. On their main website, they specify that the clock is intended for a comfortable living space, allowing people to have the freedom to enjoy comfort by saving space when it is limited. The clock can be purchased for less than $50 on their website.

Clockwork Orange Clock

The Clockwork Orange Clock by Hank Stallinga

Sharing the name of a famous classic movie, the Clockwork Orange Wall Clock has a one-of-a-kind look. It is a two-part clock; the top piece is a round shape with two protruding hands signaling the hours and minutes. There are no numerals printed on this timepiece. The bottom piece is a swinging pendulum. The Clockwork Orange Clock is one of the many minimalist designs by Hank Stallinga. This piece is crafted from aluminum and its weight is only 0.2kg. As specified on the designer’s website, the pieces operate independent of one another, so the clock face could be placed on one side of the room, while the pendulum could be placed on the other side – and they would both still function correctly. This clock is powered by batteries, so the worry of having cords show is nonexistent, giving it the ultimate minimalist design. Since it was named “Clockwork Orange,” there is an option to purchase the clock in an orange color instead of black or silver. It can be purchased for less than $120.

The Timesphere Clock is another minimalist design. This piece was crafted by Gideon Dagan of Los Angeles. His works have received multiple awards and he has several patents on items he has created, the most popular being the Timesphere Clock and Perpetual Calendar. As seen in the video, the clock is a round shape. A small red sphere travels around the clock’s face to mark the hours. Between each hour marking on the clock are several small marks, alerting the viewer of approximately in which quarter of the hour the current time is. According to Dagan’s website, the clock is available in silver or white. It requires one AA battery and is run by high-torque precision quartz movement.

With its name channeling one of the earliest forms of time-telling, the minimalist water clock designed by Kouichi Okamoto and ceramicist Daniel Jo has a unique way of telling time – with magnets. The face of the clock is variable; buyers can choose any dish, bowl or shallow cup they desire to use as a face. As reported on Technabob Blog, the clock is powered by two small ceramic-coated magnetic spheres. When placed into two separate dishes of water, the spheres’ magnetic poles oppose one another, making them display the time. As seen on the designers’ website, the demonstrative photo shows a glass of water sitting on a plate of water. The clock was released in 2009. This timepiece is more pricey than some of its competitors, costing about $300 on average. Under their “shop list” link is a list of in-store and online locations to purchase the item from.

The Twice Clock by Area Aware

The Twice Clock by Area Aware

The Twice Clock by Jonas Damon for Areaware is a versatile minimalist timepiece. This rectangular clock is all-white with orange hands; it is also available with a black background and white hands. Hour markings are displayed by simple tick marks. The design is intended to reflect the two-sided railway clock design, using a modern minimalist flair. It is made of acrylic metal and aluminum and can be either placed on a desk or mounted on the wall. Truly a space-saver, its dimensions in inches are 8x5x1. For less than $100, the clock can be purchased directly from Areaware’s website.

For a completely different style, there is a minimalist clock that literally spells out the time. This clock can be seen on the MinimalistDesign.org website. When it isn’t lit, the square clock resembles a word find puzzle, with letters printed in rows and columns. When lit, the letters will spell out the time in words, instead of displaying the time on a face with numerals or digital numbers. The product is named “ClockTwo” and is the handmade creation of Biegert & Funk Product of Germany. Meant to target a global market, the clock is available in nine different languages, along with six different exterior finish colors, including stainless steel. Finishes can be replaced and are held to the clock by magnets, eliminating visible attachments.

When it comes to time online, Online Clock is certainly worthy of being on this list…even though this is Online Clock’s blog which you’re now reading. We went live back in March of 2006, which officially makes us the world’s first entire website devoted to be an online version of an alarm clock. Not only that, we’re still by far the most popular web-browser based alarm clock, even though literally dozens of copy-cats and competitors have sprung up since we originally went online. And the secret to OnlineClock.net‘s success? We leave OUT all the junk you don’t really need in an alarm clock. We have no snooze function. And we have no advanced features on our main clock. But we’re simple and you can set an alarm with a couple of clicks. Our ever-growing base of clock fans tells us that we’re doing something right with this strategy!

Mies van der Rohe

Mies van der Rohe, Design Hero

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was one of the most influential people of architectural minimalism in the last century. Some of his quotes about the minimalist style reflect true upon all aspects of minimalism in design, whether architectural or interior. One of his most famous concepts was that he desired to make everything more “reasonable and clear” and to create a form of architecture that anyone could do. He is famous for creating the “Less is More” movement.

Buildings created by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe were often called “Skin and Bones” buildings, according to the death announcement and memorial summary posted after his death in The New York Times. He believed that simplicity was part of what expressed the modern age and strove to portray that in his simple buildings.

Another example that provides a look into the thoughts of a minimalist is that of Clair Bishop in her publication “Heightened Perception.” On page 51, she notes that when viewing minimalist designs in person, the awareness of the relationship between the object and the space around it is apparent; then the awareness of thought processes that bring that realization are reflected back on the beholder.

There are many reasons why people choose to live a minimalist lifestyle, but the overall key concept they all strive for is simplicity.

We at OnlineClock.net hope that our various clocks and timers can help you simplify your life.

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