I-Phone Charging Dock and Speaker, Candle Holder, Clock
It all started with a "documented" UFO siting picture taken in New Mexico in 1992 and at that time my brief was to design a clock for Diamantini & Domeniconi s.r.l Clock Maker company in Italy
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Starting with the idea that “Form deceives Function”, I wanted to create a clock that looks unlike any other before it.
Deception is the key in the Shang Kan clock and its name is the hint. When you come across this device for the first time, it seems like an alien object from outer space. Once you get closer to it, you will realize that it is an I-Phone docking station, speaker and candle holder. The candle holding arms can rotate via an internal mechanical device which in turns changes the physical geometry of the design.
So you now understood that you have an audio entertainment device as well as a rather strange ambient lighting system but how can it tell time? With the included circular mirror you are instructed to place it on the ceiling directly above the Shang Kan clock. Once this is done you will be able to understand through its ceiling reflection the candle holder arms are actually time indicators, one of the main structure support leg marks the midday/midnight position and the mirror’s edge becomes the numerical time indication position.
If you never look up you will never know this device’s true functionality and only through discovery can you perceive time. I will not call this a simple clock but more of a deception sculpture where the user becomes a “hidden function detective” or choose to remain as passive admirer. A designer product does not need to expose all its secrets to the user and we should all become more rewarded when the discovery of extra “Easter Egg” functionality is made. This is the essence of the ShangKan Clock. Welcome to the new world Deceive and Discover product design!
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
You iphone/ipod or ipad can be mounted on the top of the cylindrical structure. Which acts as a charging station. The bottom structure is constructed out of one central mounted 25w tweeter and subwoofer box where audio is projected throught the rattan/bamboo speaker mesh in a 360 degree direction to create dynamic 3d audio. The 3 polish stainless steel swingarms can hold variable radius candles. The shortest swingarm acts as the Hour hand, the medium length swingarm acts as the Minutes hand and the longest swingarm acts as the Seconds hand. Since these arms are continuously moving according to the time of day, the frontal aesthetic of the structure will be constantly changing. Once the included circular mirror is installed in a standard 3.3meters apartment ceiling, the mechanical unit will have be place directly below it which will allow the user to tell time though its reflected image. Power supply comes from standard socket.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project initiated in May 2011 in Beijing,China. Preliminary Concept Design was completed in July 2011. At present the design is undergoing manufacturing and marketing analysis in Italy.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Polish Stainless Steel Mechanical Candle Holder Swingarms with Recycled Rattan/Bamboo Fibre Speaker Mesh. Lacquer Finishes as well as Texturised Recycled A.B.S (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) Thermoplastic Finishes are available.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Height=1100mm/Radius with Candle Holder Swingarms=600mm/Central Iphone Speaker Dock Radius=130mm
Form Deceive Function thus piss off Le Corbusier!!!
The brief from my client was simple enough. Think about a clock that is unlike any other before it. By chance after brainstorming for a few night i come across this image of an alledged UFO siting in Mexico a decade back which started me to question the idea why a clock has to always be look at frontally and not be more inventive in showing time. This leads to my second inspirational object in front of my desk. My cactus plant. I started to think how to push the envelope on deception in functionality and how a "clock" can look nothing like it while still offering very effective functionality to its design. I wanted to push the concept on time discovery and make a clock as "un-clock" as possible. This was the beginning of the ShangKan clock.
To come up with a clock that DOES not look like a clock at all. Also to pursue the idea on how to hide the primary usage of a designer object with useful alternative functionality. Just generally pushing the boundary of Deception in the field of design.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Kevin Chu (Bsc,DipArch,RIBA), 2011.