Just About Now by Maarten Baas
with Laikingland

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Just About Now by Maarten Baas with Laikingland

Dutch designer Maarten Baas has created a timer in collaboration with with kinetic objects company Laikingland that's specifically designed not to be accurate.

Just About Now by Maarten Baas with Laikingland

Called Just About Now, the device is started by scooping sand from a bowl into a glass funnel.

Just About Now by Maarten Baas with Laikingland

From there the sand trickles down into a brass cup that's attached to a beater, before leaking back into the bowl and causing the beater to strike a gong when the cup is empty.

Just About Now by Maarten Baas with Laikingland

Baas intends it to be used for measuring periods of time that don't need to be precise, like taking a nap.

Just About Now by Maarten Baas with Laikingland

The piece was presented at Ventura Lambrate in Milan, alongside the Cacophany Bell by Tord Boontje that we featured in our earlier story.

The Ventura Lambrate design district took place from 17 to 22 April. See all our stories about Ventura Lambrate 2012 here.

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Just About Now by Maarten Baas with Laikingland

Just About Now is a sand timer that indicates the passing of time with the sounding of a gong.

Developed in collaboration with Maarten Baas.

“I’ve always had an interest in ways to indicate time. In spite of the fact that time is very abstract and very relative, in the western world it’s normal to indicate time very precisely. Apart from things like train schedules or the duration of sporting games, the exact time is often irrelevant. A coffee break, a meditation, a nap, a business meeting, they could take a few minutes longer or shorter than an exact amount of time. This is why I wanted to create a timer that bangs a gong, more or less after the amount of time you indicated.

“There are several objects that illustrate time in a more poetic way, like Mieke Meijers ‘Relativity’ Time pieces or my own ‘Real Time’ series, but a timer hasn’t yet been made that is adjustable and gives a sound after a while. That’s why we developed ‘Just About Now’” - Maarten Baas

Year: 2012
Materials: Oak, glass, ceramic, sand, brass.
Dimensions: Height 320 mm Width 435 mm Depth 185mm
Power: Sand
Colour: Natural
Price: On request
Availability: September 2012

  • http://www.eastgradcreative.com/blog Animesh

    I love this. It would make waking up so interesting!

  • http://www.ByAccidentOrDesign.com Kate

    So very beautiful. I love the idea that the amount of time it measure is not precise.