Ne(clo)ck by Thorunn Arnadottir

published in: Design, Fashion By Costas Voyatzis, 11 September 2008

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Clock by Thorunn Arnadottir

  Each bead in the necklace is 5 minutes. The whole necklace is one solar day. The orange and red ones represent the whole hours. As the wheel turns, one bead falls off and drops down the string every 5 minutes. To tell the time you count the beads from either the silver bead (midnight) or the golden bead (noon) to the last bead that fell off the wheel.
    Time is ticking every day regardless of what we are doing. Either we are racing against time or waiting impatiently for it to pass by. We slice it into units: Hours, minutes and seconds. We construct a precise, inflexible system, which acts as the base of a complicated community that relies on everything being planned down to the second, be it transport systems or business.
    Many tribals in Africa are totally unaware of this system. Time, as they experience it, is measured in events in the life of a person. For example, one might say that something happened shortly after the marriage of their son or that they will meet after dinner. Hardly anyone is irritated about having to wait. They don´t feel they are missing anything, since there is no ticking clock reminding of time being “lost”. The African time is more emotional than the western time. It is a part of the individual, not independent of him as in the western world.
    You can take the necklace off the wheel whenever you wish to “stop time”. Wear it proudly round your neck as a statement that time is part of you; that you are in control of your own minutes.

Thorunn Arnadottir has also designed the above beautiful object wich name is Raven. The Raven collects all sorts of shiny objects.These wings of raven are wall mounted and can hold most of your jewelry. Black coated steel wireframe.


Thorunn Arnadottir

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  • friend
    Beads | 2010-05-14 14:19:57

    A very simple and appealing design. I personally love big beads!!

  • friend
    Bead Stalk | 2010-07-23 20:07:03

    I love the idea behind the bead necklace where each colour represents a unit of measurement to make up a complete day. My favourite piece of her work that I have seen is the Blush a radiator designed to represent the veins in the human body with hot and cold blood.

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