A Brutalist Clock For the Brutalist Apartment You’ll Never Have
April 2, 2012
The rise and increasing affordability of technologies such as 3-D printing have given architects and designers license to turn their Sunday afternoon hobbies into quasi-legitimate business. Or at least, attempt to do so. Like so many before them, LeeLABS is taking to Kickstarter to spread the good word of the newest printed knickknacks–in this case, a new line of concrete wall clocks. The bespoke chronometers feature unique radial patterns developed with the help of tooling, or a parametric modelling algorithm, and which are printed to form a three-dimensional mold to cast the concrete. The resultant forms are then brushed and outfitted with a pair of clock arms and a battery to operate them.
But there’s more to “Para Clocks” than pretty objects, say the three designers behind the project. Funds from their Kickstarter will go towards building an application that will “crowd source the design potential of Para Clocks by including you in the design process.” Customers will be able to create their own concrete clocks by adjusting the parametric modeling settings of each model variant, to be made available on the product’s website. For now, you’ll have to pledge some cash to the project if you want to get your hands on an horloge en béton brut.