Daniel Weil’s Making Time exhibition ends at 4.30pm on Friday 13 January at Sotheby’s New Bond Street in London.
A unique collection of extraordinary clocks by Daniel Weil are currently on display in a selling exhibition, Making Time, in the Wemyss Gallery at Sotheby’s New Bond Street, London. The exhibition is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm until 13 January.
The Clock for an Astronomer follows Clock for an Architect and Clock for an Acrobat as part of the “Matter of Time” series of unique timepieces designed by Pentagram’s Daniel Weil. The clocks are currently on display in a selling exhibition, Making Time, at Sotheby’s New Bond Street until 13 January.
“The sun is the celestial time setter, and timekeeping is its terrestrial reflection,” says Daniel Weil.
Harry Pearce was invited to contribute to a book and app by Art Tails, a group of professional artists and creators related to the community of Tōhoku, the region of Japan hardest hit by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. As well as contributing several pieces of his work he also created this poster specifically for the project as an acknowledgement of the inspiration of two of his heroes, Hamada and Yanagi. With his contribution he sent the following thoughts:
I am so honoured to have been asked to contribute to your beautiful publication. As well as sending you three of my favourite pieces of work, I really wanted to create something particular for this publication. It’s my way of a little thank you for your collective inspiration.
The Japanese and eastern aesthetic has been a major influence on my career and life. For a very long time the vision and insights of Shoji Hamada and Soetsu Yanagi have been a particular inspiration to me.
They taught me where to look for feeling and truth, in myself and my work. Many of your great artists and designers are so knowing in the truest sense. As an acknowledgement to you all I have taken a beautiful quote from Hamada, “Beauty is not in the head or in the heart, but in the abdomen,” and created this poster in his and your honour.
No matter the hardships your beautiful country is suffering, your spirit and vision will endure.
Project Team: Harry Pearce, partner-in-charge and designer, Sean Chilvers, designer.
“Connecting, conducting and illuminating, like the act of creativity.” — Daniel Weil
The holidays are a season of light, but one needn’t go to extremes for a little festive illumination. In 1985 Daniel Weil received a commission from a communications company to design and produce a limited edition gift to engage their customers in a surprising and creative way.
Weil’s response was “Junction Box,” a box full of metal objects taken from the world of domestic hardware that can be combined in many different ways to make a circuit. Weil’s observation was that metal objects in a conductive chain are like words that can be rearranged to change the meaning and convey different messages. In “Junction Box” the wand-like battery holder activates the assembled circuit that carries the voltage that turns on the LED—connecting, conducting and illuminating, just like the act of creativity.
Terron Schaefer, group senior vice president for sales and marketing at Saks Fifth Avenue, approached Pentagram to design the holiday window displays at the store’s New York flagship. The idea needed to connect snowflakes and bubbles—motifs which had been used previously—and give the store a way to display its merchandise.
Pentagram’s Harry Pearce and Naresh Ramchandani and their teams came up with a concept that divided the Saks store into two worlds, the subterranean world of the bubble makers and the imaginary world of the snow makers who inhabit the roof of the building. Connecting the two is a curious little girl called Holly who whilst shopping in Saks on Christmas Eve with her parents finds a door which allows her into both worlds. First she visits the cave full of fantastic machines operated by ‘beautiful people in beautiful gowns’. She then rides a bubble produced by the machines, which takes her to the roof where she meets the yetis that make the snow.