On the occasion of the London Design Festival, Italian design studio Formafantasma celebrated Established and Sons 10 year anniversary with the From then on installation. As a deconstructed clock conceived in dialogue with the architecture of the company’s showroom, the installation featured mechanical designs made in marble, brass and fabrics.
“From then on poetically visualises the ephemeral and enduring qualities of time through the use of timeless materials: marble, brass and fabric” say Formafantasma. Three kinetic pieces represented the passage of time without a nostalgical approach, but with a look-forward curiosity attitude.
Time as a Circular Motion. A Carrara Marble Clock marked the slow pace of the hour as each revolution aligns the natural pattern of mineral veins across the concentric circles.
Time as a Celebration of Instances. Like sentinels of time, two Saxophones sound every fifteen minutes to announce and celebrate the experience of daily life as it evolves.
RELATED STORY: Design Symphony. With Creation of a strange Symphony, young designer Philipp Weber presented a synestetic design project that mixes design and music with a performance of a glassblower using a new and unusual tool.
Time as Repeated Opposed Actions. A Fan Clock unfolds and swings shut over 5 minutes; the repeated opposing action articulates the stability of a unit of time whilst playfully reminding us that our own internal measures of time vary.
Fighting Time. Symbolically challenging the consequence of time, Pendulum sweeps a brush across a concave brass surface preventing the oxidization that naturally occurs by the second.
Photos by Peer Lindgreen. Courtesy of Formafantasma and Estabilished & Sons.