Time was that products and materials were either recycled or not. These days, “upcycled” products are becoming increasingly popular. The difference between “upcycling” and “recycling” being that the former involves reusing a material without degrading its quality or composition. So, used beer bottles being turned into jeans or asphalt or new beer bottles are examples of recycling (because the old beer bottles are melted down into cullet before being reused). But used beer bottles being turned into, say, a Thai temple is an example of upcycling.
In the increasingly diverse (and, some would say, nutty) language around eco-friendly concepts, other terms for reusing material emerged. One can not only recycle or upcycle but also downcycle, freecycle, precycle and e-cycle. But there’s only one other -cycle we’re concerned with for this post: Hipcycle.
Could you build a clock out of a nob, a single-gear motor and a bicycle chain?
That might seem like an impossible challenge of the sort only MacGyver could accomplish. Yet that’s exact what Andreas Dober managed with the Catena Wall Clock.
Wearing a Nooka watch you spend a lot of time hoping a stranger will approach you asking what time it is. That way you can pull up your shirt sleeve, twist your wrist around to show them your watch and then see a wonderful, bewildered expression appear on the stranger’s face.
Product designer Bomi Kim has a clock that puts the design responsibility upon you. Her clock consists of a nob with insets for an hour and minute hand. What it used for those clock hands is up to you — sticks, pencils, screwdrivers or whatever. Sadly, the clock is only a concept at the moment. We’ll update this post if/when Bomi Kim’s clock goes on sale.
Sometimes cool design is also simple. That’s the case with the “Normal” wristwatch and wall clock from designer Ross McBride. The hour, minute and second hands open a sliver view of the watch face, revealing the time. These cool timepieces are available in both black and white.
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From Fossil and designer Phillipe Starck comes the O-Ring Digi Watch. In a ring shaped display, the hours are displayed as numbers while the minutes are displayed in segments. As time goes by, the segments build making a complete ring every hour. The center is completely see through and the pushed is located on the case back to create this sleek styling. Comes in black and gray. $110