design : Riki Watanabe

We often see public clocks in parks and in front of the stations. However, few people know that most of the face designs of such clocks were produced by Riki Watanabe. Since the 1970s, he had vigorously been at the forefront of designing monumental public clocks such as the world or pole clocks in the airports and hotels. The RIKI PUBLIC CLOCK presents the essence of his professional work. There are various types of RIKI PUBLIC CLOCK – The Arabic numeral type places an emphasis on friendliness while the one with a powerfully symbolic expression can be used depending on the environment. It can already be called an anonymous masterpiece. This time, we are releasing three types so that you can choose the best fit for your home.





WR17-06 / WR17-07 / WR17-08

Aluminum, Glass

Riki Watanabe

(1911–2013) Graduated from the Woodwork Department of Tokyo High Polytechnic School. After working as an assistant professor at Tokyo High Polytechnic School and as an assistant in the Forestry Department at Tokyo Imperial University (the existing Tokyo University), he established Japan’s first design office, the RIKI WATANABE Design Office, in 1949. His main focus was the establishment of the Interior Architect Department at Tokyo Molding University, Craft Center Japan, Japan Industrial Designer Association and Japan Designers Committee. He designed the interior decor at the Keio Plaza Hotel, Prince Hotel, etc. and furniture such as the “Himo-Isu (Rope chair)” and “Trii-stool”. Moreover, from wall clocks and watches to a public clock called “Hibiya pole clock” at Dai-ichi Life Holdings in Hibiya district, his work on clocks and watches became his lifework. He received the Milano Triennale Gold Medal in 1957, the Mainichi Industrial Design Prize, Shiju hosho(the Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon), and many other awards/recognitions. In 2006, the “Riki Watanabe – Innovation of Living Design” exhibition was held at the National Museum of Modern Art.

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