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Tick tock, tick tock: it’s Eindhoven o’clock

June 22nd, 2011

Filed under: LIFESTYLE


I’ve been taking my time reading In Praise of Slow. I know the organizer of the Slow Management Live Conference which is taking place tomorrow. And I also know the guys from KLOKby who will be opening their atelier doors tomorrow and talking about their approach to co-creation when creating mechanical timepieces. Let’s take a moment to stop and slow down, here in Eindhoven. Plenty of ways to get you thinking about old man time.

In Praise of Slow
I have to admit, I tried reading this book, three, maybe four times. I just can’t get into it. I think the author, Carl Honoré himself, put me off trying to finish the book after I saw his TED speech – and he delivered it soooooo fast. He wanted to tell us all the benefits of slowing down and yet he did it in fast forward. I might give it one more go. Later.

Slow Management Live Conference
If you speak Dutch, have a spare €395 on you and can get the day off tomorrow, I’ll bet there are still a few tickets to this conference tomorrow at Eindhoven’s Strijp-S.  It promises to share creativity, expertise, trust and knowledge – apparently the keys to organisation in the 21st century. Also co-creation and open innovation helps us make and experience things – together – that are relevant to us. For business people, it is bound to be a varied program full of lectures, interactive workshops. interviews with authors, confronting columns, practical examples and engaging company visits. It’s actually the Slow Management magazine, (which I’ve read a few issues of, and quite like) acted out in real-life. Live. From publication, to interaction.

KLOKby, unique clocks made by many hands
One of the businesses that will be part of the Slow Management tour is KLOKby, a start-up mechanical design clock producer. They want to bring back the clock as an heirloom, and stimulate the appreciation of the beauty and mechanics behind precision clockwork. They also believe in co-creation as they appoint their designers based on pitch performances, and then collaborate with the selected designer throughout the technical process and production. KLOKby also works closely with high quality local suppliers until they produce one of their masterpieces – what they call “jewellery for the wall”. Their first model, called O’, is a body-less clock that can be read from the front and from the side. From the front it shows a “digital” interface, and from the side, an “analogue” interface. Because you can see the inner workings, it is meant to mesmerise the viewer, causing one to reflect on the machinations and passing of time. (And probably the purchase price, because one of these babies would cost you about €21,000 to buy! Seeing the materials are fairly unusual, but durable, and almost every component is hand made and the clock is hand assembled, the price is fairly understandable. And it’s also really big and needs to be mounted at about eye level height when standing, so about 2m in total height).

Henk Hulshof, managing director: “We aim to be the leaders in a revival of mechanical clocks as treasured objects – as heirlooms. You can have more than one piece of beautiful furniture or more than one painting in a space, but you can only really have one clock. And, KLOKby clocks are so unique, they’re like living pieces of functional art.”

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