Bloom Wall Clock by Brian Schmitt

Design Showcase 2010

Design:Bloom Wall Clock
Materials: bamboo plywood, aluminum, stainless steel, eco-MDF
Designer: Brian Schmitt

"Bloom is one of my new wall clocks soon to be released. My aim was to create a sculptural, yet easily legible clock. I also wanted it to be a complementary addition to my existing collection of mobiles and lamps."

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"The design features 12 petals of amber bamboo plywood radiating out from the center. These elements gain dimension through a subtle chamfered detail on either side. A beveled edge on the center disc reveals a highlight of aluminum. The clock sits off the wall to increase its presence and create a shadow. A quartz movement drives the hands, with the second hand traveling in a smooth, continuous motion.

The design evolved from a series of forms I explored in CAD. I often use CAD as a sketchbook, especially when exploring subtle nuances between different designs. My favored designs were then rendered in Photoshop to make refinements and illustrate different materials prior to prototyping.

My design approach combines a clean modern aesthetic, warm natural materials, and a thoughtful use of eco-friendly resources. I consider the advantages and limitations of different materials and processes from the beginning of the design process. My goal is to create unique designs that can be economically produced using a network of local vendors.

Dimensions: 17.5” dia. x 2.5” deep"

Designer: Brian Schmitt
Link: schmittdesign.com
Location: Sacramento, CA

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