The need to measure the passage of time has always, and in every context, turned clocks
into an indispensable element in everyday life. The common denominator for watches of any era lies in their functionality and their being universal beyond all, from the very first wristwatch version to the most current and modern design table or wall clocks
. Whether in the home, in the bar-restaurant or in the office, watches have the power to focus attention and attract countless gazes, which is why over the years several designers have devoted time to their design. Nowadays, the choice of a watch is now an integral part of the design of any interior, as are designer furnishings more commonly defined as such. It has the power to make its absence felt, which makes it absolutely indispensable.
History and evolution of watches
Watches, like all products in the world of design, are born for a need: in this case the pretext was to measure the time by quantifying its flow. At the beginning it could have been enough for a candle to be consumed to understand that time had passed, but it was not enough. The turning point was the introduction of the concept of dial. The very first one used probably dates back to the times of the sundials: thanks to its introduction it was finally possible to put down in black and white not only the concept of the passing of time but also, and above all, the concept of time and moments that follow one another. One will have to wait until the Middle Ages to see the watches with mechanical operation
and the introduction of hands, until the most modern digital watches.
The design of watches, between beauty and functionality
The table clocks
, thanks to their much smaller size, are ideal in office environments or as alarm clocks to be placed next to the bed: real analog or digital ornaments that fit well in the context in which they are placed thanks to their various materials. Inside the houses it is certainly more frequent to find a wooden clocks
rather than clocks with a metal frame
both for their durability and, above all, for their aesthetic versatility. They are also available in the less common materials like leather, marble and cardboard, among others, for products much more niche.
Every room has its own clock
One thing is certain: whether it's a wall clock or a table clock, every room in the house must have its own clock. In the bedroom it is common to see, on bedside tables or drawers, the traditional digital alarm clocks
, which can be noticed more clearly during the night thanks to the considerable brightness of their numbers. Their natural evolution has been the projection clocks
, which have an LCD display for displaying the time and at the same time allow the projection on a wall or ceiling. The latter are watches that express their maximum function during dark hours, which is why it is rare to see them in rooms not belonging to the sleeping area of the house. It is a different matter when it comes to design watches for the daytime environment: in this case, personal taste, the space available and the surrounding furnishings are the factors that determine the final choice.
Decorate with watches
Clocks, as decorative objects, are suitable to decorate environments such as living areas, contract areas or offices, bedrooms for adults and children. Generally, wall-mounted clocks
are used for most of these applications, precisely because they are larger, more decorative, original and often similar to paintings or wall sculptures. For more classical environments, pendulum clocks
are the ideal choice: they are often revisitations of objects from the past, icons of a technology by now far outdated with the advent of the quartz mechanism first and then the atomic clock, but which preserve intact the artistic and historical value.
Children's room clocks
If we think of a bedroom clock, we can't help but think of a colorful, funny model, that recalls the characters of a fairy tale or the little animal, who is the protagonist of a cartoon. Children's clocks
are designed to be clear, intuitive and fun.
They give to the room liveliness, color, vivacity and they are real wall decorations which perform various functions, including the most educational of all that is to teach children to read the time, a delicate step in the growth of a teenager, who begins to become familiar with the concept of the passage of time.