design : Shin Azumi

Quaint is a wall clock which was inspired by the clock face of an old clock tower. The brass of the clock’s dial and outer periphery are exposed by polishing.
Orb is a wall clock which draws inspiration from old, tarnished brass instruments such as those used during early voyages and astronomical observations.
Thin engravings on the clock face form a dial on the coloured surface, exposing the brass below.

Both clocks emphasize the natural qualities of their materials, using the attractive contrast between the brass and coloured finish to enhance the visibility of the clock face. The distinctive texture is achieved by a process of brass casting that uses traditional colouring techniques originating from Takaoka, Toyama. The rich texture is intended to stand up to walls that have a strong material quality, such as exposed concrete or brick.


AZ15-07 BK

AZ15-07 GN

AZ15-07 SL


φ180 × d42mm

" About brass coloring "
The traditional colouring technique of “Takaoka Douki(copper)”, named “Nuka yaki shudo-shoku” was applied to each clock. The black satin colour with a speckled pattern is made by blackening after drawing out the pattern using a chemical and heating. The silver finish with a speckled pattern is achieved by applying pure silver plating. While the gas-bronze colour with a speckled pattern is produced by the green rust that forms when the clock face is exposed to ammonia gas.

Shin Azumi

Product designer, born in 1965 in Kobe, Japan. He graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts in 1989. In 1994, he took an M.A. in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art, UK. He worked at design unit “AZUMI” for 10 years from 1995. In 2005, he established the “a studio” design office and has worked with international companies, focusing on the design of products and furniture. Many of his award-winning designs can be found in museums around the world. Professor at HOSEI University. Visiting professor at KOBE Design University.

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