Italian designer Alessandro Zambelli has sent me images of Ipno, a table clock he designed for Diamantini & Domeniconi. Named after the Greek mythology god Hypnos – the son of night – Ipno balances in an hypnotic rocking rhythm. It will first go on show at Maison&Objet in Paris from 6 – 10 September.
About – The god Somnus strikes Palinurus on the temples with a branch dipped in the ‘dew of Lethe,’ and Aeneas’ helmsman falls asleep. Known in Greek as Hypnos, the god of sleep glides down from the heavenly places in a swirl of dark air which dispels the shadows. Then, according to Virgil, one of the great poets of antiquity, he soars up and vanishes into the night.
Functioning as a balance, an internal pendulum sways the case in perpetual motion and transforms Ipno into a ‘rocking’ clock. It is like a contemporary evolution of the pendulum clock of past ages, but wry, dynamic and creative.
Here at long last is a clock free to move in space and support its own harmonic motion. It need not be wall-mounted, but can stand alone.
Ipno measures 16 cm L x 20 H x 6 D. The birch case is available in a natural finish or painted in various colours. Alternatives are medium walnut or mahogany. Ipno goes on sale to the public at € 85.natural and painted wood version.
Photos © Alessandro Zambelli / Diamantini & Domeniconi