“Then Now Beyond“, an exhibition of temporality-themed design objects commissioned by The Hour Glass to celebrate its 40th birthday, opens on Nov 23 at the retailer’s salon Malmaison – but you probably won’t get to see at least one of the exhibits. Group MD Michael Tay reveals, somewhat cryptically: “Studio Wieki Somers has been developing an object that has never been done before and we are funding the R&D for it.
They’ve been working on it for a year, and I don’t think it’ll be ready in time. But we’ll be able to present their ideas and a working prototype, hopefully.”
Good thing visitors will be able to see the rest of the exhibits, created by some of today’s biggest names in art and design: Daniel Arsham, Marc Newson and Nendo. American artist and architect Arsham explores the notions of time with his works.
(Related: The Hour Glass: 40 years in the business)
Having created an hourglass containing 21 million gold-coloured carbon nanoballs for The Hour Glass’ 30th anniversary, Australian industrial designer Newson now uses hand-crafted crystal and more than 2.8 million metallic nanoballs to reinterpret ancient time-measuring instruments.
And yes, there will be watches: The exhibition, which ends next Jan 31, will also showcase limited-edition pieces co-created with brands such as Audemars Piguet, De Bethune, MB&F, Tag Heuer and Longines.
Malmaison by The Hour Glass. 270 Orchard Rd, #01-01