German design agency Biegert & Funk continue its winning streak with the QLOCKTWO Creator’s Edition, which provides a unique sense of time, spelling it out in words rather than digits, in the language of your choice.
Earlier this year, imm Cologne, the international furnishing show, played host to the Interior Innovation Award 2013. This award, organised by the German Design Council, is considered one of the most renowned design awards in the interior furnishing industry worldwide. Among the companies that received an award was Biegert & Funk, who were awarded in the ‘kitchen and household’ category for their QLOCKTWO Creator’s Edition.
This wall clock is different to all other clocks, as it doesn’t show the time in numbers – instead, it spells it out – as in, “It is half past nine”. It features a square grid of 110 letters, each with a white LED behind that illuminates to form the words that display the time.
Its most recent Interior Innovation Award 2013 is another that Biegert & Funk can add to its mantelpiece, which is pretty crowded with over a dozen international awards that it’s received for the QLOCKTWO range so far, including red dot, iF product design award, Good Design and the coveted ADC*E Gold Award.
The clock is the brainchild of Marco Biegret and Andreas Funk, the founders of Biegert & Funk, who have always been fascinated by time. They were keen to design a clock that shows the time like people talk to each other. Having designed their clock, they set up production in a former jewellery factory in southern Germany. Each clock is made using a special screen-print process; it is then assembled by hand before being thoroughly tested.
Although the Creator’s edition, for which it won the award, is hand finished in either a rust effect or gold leaf, the first edition of the QLOCKTWO is made in either brushed stainless steel or polished syntheticglass in seven colours. These front panels are merely fixed to a wooden base by magnets. As each QLOCKTWO has a command of 12 languages, they can be changed at any time to the corresponding front panel of that language. A clever feature of the clock is that sensors adjust the light automatically to ambient when the room gets darker.
Since the success of this classic design, Biegert & Funk have increased their range. Next up was the smaller QLOCKTWO TOUCH – a table clock with alarm function. “On the desk in the office, in the living room or in the bedroom, the compact QLOCKTWO Touch is a good friend wherever you put it,” says Marco Biegert.
They then miniaturised their design even further and at the end of last year launched the QLOCKTWO W, a wristwatch that measures 35 x 35 mm. QLOCKTWO W is available in either polished, brushed or black stainless steel in German, English and French. Together with the time, QLOCKTWO W also displays the calendar days or seconds. “It is operated by a single push button and could not be more simple: one push to display the time, two for the calendar day and three for the seconds,” comments Biegert.
But if you can’t afford the €550 price tag for these watches, you could opt for the QLOCKTWO App available from the App store for iPhone, iPad or Android users. For just $0.99 you could have a QLOCKTWO in your pocket or handbag.