Design by Joe Colombo, 1970.
Joe Colombo's timeless Optic Clock is once again available from Alessi (the first reissue was in 1988). 40 years after its first introduction, the Optic Clock is still as fresh and modern as ever.
The recessed face is marked with simple dots for the hours and numerals for the minutes/seconds. The "hour" hand has a cut-out that reveals the dot on the hour.
Nearly cubic in dimension, Colombo's Optic Clock is equipped with an alarm and a red "second" hand. Available in Black or White ABS.
Dimensions: 3.1" W X 3.1" D X 3.1" H
Designer: Joe Colombo
(1930 - 1971)
Cesare "Joe" Colombo was born in Milan as the second of three brothers. He studied painting and sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, the academy of fine arts, in Milan and then architecture at Politecnico di Milano University.
In 1958, Joe and his younger brother Gianni took over the family business, which produced electric appliances. Using the factory as a playground, he started to experiment with new construction and production technologies. In 1962 Joe Colombo opened his own design office, which specialized in interior design and architecture projects for industry and retail stores. Concentrating on industrial design for the remainder of his short life, Joe Colombo believed that many problems could be solved by the use of new materials - first and foremost plastic. Joe Colombo was one of the most influential and representative designers of the modern era and his adventurous and futuristic character became his trademark. He received many awards for his designs and his works have been exhibited and included in the some of the most significant museum collections worldwide.View other products by Joe Colombo
Alessi is a family owned Italian design company, founded in 1921. Giovanni Alessi, a talented sheet metal worker, produced items by hand for the table and home out of copper, brass and nickel-silver. He was later joined by his son Carlo who was responsible for many of the designs produced in the 1930s and early 1940s. In the mid 1940s Alessi began to work with outside designers. The current Alessi catalog is the result of a collaboration with over 500 designers from all over the world.
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