“Keisoudo no tokei [ washed finish ]”, designed by Yuichi Nara
Released September 1, 2023
This is the third Keisoudo no tokei (diatomaceous earth clock) in the series, featuring the distinctive “Araidashi” washed finish.
Araidashi is a plastering technique that involves mixing gravel, pebbles, and other aggregates with mortar prior to application. Before it hardens, the surface is washed away, revealing the aggregates and presenting them as integral expressions of the wall or floor. The technique offers limitless combinations of base materials, aggregates, sizes, and colors, allowing for the creation of diverse expressions.
In this clock, pure white crystalline limestone aggregates, known as “Kansuiseki,” are used, which are also employed in landscaping, etc. If you examine the details, you will notice that each stone reflects light differently, giving them various expressions.
The gently curving shape of the clock creates changes in light and shadow on the surface, accentuating the expression of the stone. It is very difficult to wash away the surface of the stone cleanly without destroying the edges of the numbers engraved on the clock, and the delicate handiwork of the craftsmen at “soil” has made this possible.
This time, Lemnos aimed to construct a product, namely a clock, using traditional materials and techniques without excess or deficiency. There are four color variations: white (diatomite from Akita) and pink (diatomite from Noto), both of which showcase the natural colors of diatomaceous earth, along with beige and gray, the colors of which are adjusted with pigments.
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＞ Keisoudo no tokei [ Washed finish ]