The ‘Para Clocks’ are generated by 3D printing techniques and are made out of, yes, concrete. The creators, LeeLABS, use a parametric modeling algorithm to form the pretty radial patterns of each wall clock. Unique and stylish, the ‘Para Clocks’ are sculptural masterpieces and at the same time very functional. Everybody needs a clock, right ?
According to the designers, they were first inspired by radial geometry and symmetry found in architecture and textiles from every culture around the world of which certain patterns from these cultures can be boiled down to a simple set of steps and rules for making them. Designing using parametric software allows them to create many variations of radial patterns based off of similar sets of rules; but these are then played with and manipulated, allowing each pattern to be expressive in surprising ways. ‘The Para Clocks’ is a design project that relies heavily on crowdsourcing. It currently is on Kickstarter with a goal of $5,000 but that goal is already passed by now. Very promising ! Check it out here.
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