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Big Time Fan

Hey, kids, what time is it?

If you check this clever — perhaps too clever — clock that looks and expands and contracts like a Japanese folding fan, you might need to take a few seconds to figure it out:

spire_ from ekaggrat singh kalsi on Vimeo.

“Spire” won a Reddot Design Award in 2010 for designers Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi and Darshan Soni. You can’t buy one. Yet.

HT: Fast Company’s CoDesign, where you’ll find links to other unusual clock designs, and TBWA’s Curiosity Counts


  1. Nash says:

    Zqwxmu YATB says you r the best

  2. chadk says:

    What I don’t get is why the hour hand is an inch or more further after it resets. Shouldn’t it be in the same place ? Or does it take 20 mins to reset the fan ? Which means your clock is unintelligible 1/3 of the time.
    The first couple of clips show this the best. It resets faster than the clock transpiring its time, but not “faster enough”.
    It’s going to spend about a third of it’s time wrong.
    Pause the video while it is resetting. That is what you would see when you walk into the room. What time is it then ?

  3. Leif S says:

    I love the design, but I could have done without the sound on the video. Made me want to hit myself in the head with a snow shovel.

  4. Joey roses says:

    Wow…. Are these for sale ANYWHERE????