Five Exceptional Wall Clocks That Can Not Only Measure Time

In the following we’d like to present five exceptional wall clocks that can not only measure time and that struck us by their unusual concept or design. You can learn more about each of the clocks by clicking on their headline. Enjoy and if you know some clock designs that you especially like, feel invited to share them in the comments.


Filmmaker and inventor at the Brooklyn-based creative agency m ss ng p eces Scott Thrift created The Present, a wall clock that completes one revolution a year. In order to make sure our lives don’t pass us by, Scott Thrift felt that a new way of keeping track of time was necessary. He yearned for a more meditative simplistic vision of time, one that could somehow encompass the sheer size of life. He states: “I hope living with The Present opens your mind to way of seeing time differently. I hope it inspires you to find your gift.”

The clock became a Kickstarter blockbuster last year, when it raised nearly three times the amount of its goal. You can purchase the piece for $200.00 at the MoMa shop.



The 365 Knitting Clock by Sirene Elise Wilhelmsen is stitching the time as it passes by. It is knitting 24 hours a day and one year at the time, showing the physical representation of time as a creative and tangible force. After 365 days the clock has turned the passed year into a 2 m long scarf.



Swedish Design Studio Human since 1982 combined 288 analogue clocks to create this installation of shifting monochrome patterns, forming letters and numbers. The piece is called ‘A Million Times’, featuring 576 motors which can be controlled via a customized software on an iPad. The two arms of the clocks are slowly dancing around the center revealing hidden figuratives. Together they create a giant display for digital time expression which is a follow-up to the studios smaller clock works.



Irina Nina Witkiewicz is an interdisciplinary Product Designer based in Berlin. She created the ‘Zweigwerk Clock’ featuring tender branches in a brass mount that dance for hours and hours on the branch clock. They vibrate and tremble, intersect and separate again – a small-time spectacle. You can purchase it for 35,00 € here.



The Manifold Clock by Studio Ve aims to emphasize time as a repetitive process – ever changing yet remaining the same. The clock’s hands are connected with a piece of flexible sheet to create 3D movement.
Time can be read traditionally using the two hands of the clock. In addition, the clock creates a new reading method of form that changes every minute.