Cork corner stabilises minimal clock by Ilias Ernst

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Cork corner stops Ilias Ernst's minimal clock from rolling away

Dutch designer Ilias Ernst has created a simple clock that rests on a corner extended from its cork frame.

Clork clock by Puik Art
Photograph by Wendy van Woudenberg, as main image

Created for Amsterdam products brand Puik Art, Ilias Ernst's Clork is designed for use on a bedside table, desk or shelf.

The clock has a circular face made from white sheet-metal, encased in hand-finished cork that follows the shape as a thin strip around most of the edge.

Clork clock by Puik Art

The addition of a right-angled corner on the bottom left enables the clock to stand on any flat surface.

Clork clock by Puik Art
Photograph by Wendy van Woudenberg

"Time rolls on, but once in a while you need to stand still," Ernst told Dezeen. "Clork does not present a full circle, it has an edge that stabilises you for the moment."

Clork clock by Puik Art
Photograph by Wendy van Woudenberg

The minute and hour hands are black with rounded tops and bottoms. There are no numbers or increments on the face, but circular depressions mark the positions of numbers 12, three, six and nine.

Clork clock by Puik Art

The young designer worked with cork for the first time on this project. "The fact the clock is well received is a relief for me, it means that I've done my job well," Ernst said.

Clork clock by Puik Art

"Using both cork and metal creates an attractive contrast," he added. "Clork should make people feel content about themselves every time they check the time."

Clork is available in natural or black cork and has a diameter of 19 centimetres.

Clork clock by Puik Art

Puik Art works in collaboration with new Dutch designers to help get their products to market. Previous projects include Keyker by Mas Peters, a mirror with a magnetic board to hang keys on underneath; Thomas van Rongen's Candela, a five-footed self-supporting candle; and the stainless steel and bamboo Shunan table by Nieuwe Heren.

Clork clock by Puik Art

Cork also features prominently in Ilse Crawford's range for Ikea, which was launched in Stockholm earlier this month.