Shangkan (I-phone Charging Dock and Speaker, Candle Holder, Clock) by Kevin Chu
2011 - 2012, Bronze A' Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Award Winner
It all started with a "documented" UFO siting picture taken in New Mexico in 1992 and at that time my brief was to design a clock for Diamantini & Domeniconi s.r.l Clock Maker company in Italy
Starting with the idea that “Form deceives Function”, I wanted to create a clock that looks unlike any other before it. Deception is the key in the Shang Kan clock and its name is the hint. When you come across this device for the first time, it seems like an alien object from outer space. Once you get closer to it, you will realize that it is an I-Phone docking station, speaker and candle holder. The candle holding arms can rotate via an internal mechanical device which in turns changes the physical geometry of the design. So you now understood that you have an audio entertainment device as well as a rather strange ambient lighting system but how can it tell time? With the included circular mirror you are instructed to place it on the ceiling directly above the Shang Kan clock. Once this is done you will be able to understand through its ceiling reflection the candle holder arms are actually time indicators, one of the main structure support leg marks the midday/midnight position and the mirror’s edge becomes the numerical time indication position. If you never look up you will never know this device’s true functionality and only through discovery can you perceive time. I will not call this a simple clock but more of a deception sculpture where the user becomes a “hidden function detective” or choose to remain as passive admirer. A designer product does not need to expose all its secrets to the user and we should all become more rewarded when the discovery of extra “Easter Egg” functionality is made. This is the essence of the ShangKan Clock. Welcome to the new world Deceive and Discover product design!
Design Challenges
To come up with a clock that DOES not look like a clock at all. Also to pursue the idea on how to hide the primary usage of a designer object with useful alternative functionality. Just generally pushing the boundary of Deception in the field of design.
Production Technology
Polish Stainless Steel Mechanical Candle Holder Swingarms with Recycled Rattan/Bamboo Fibre Speaker Mesh. Lacquer Finishes as well as Texturised Recycled A.B.S (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) Thermoplastic Finishes are available.
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