Meditative Functional Art, Classy, Decorative yet Zen
I bought one of the first The Present clocks, and have one at home, as well as given two as a meaningful "once in a lifetime" gift for closest of friends, and just purchased a new one for a working space.
The impact of having a ThePresent clock in a visible area is subtle and profound. With one glance, one feels more connected to the seasons and earth and reminds us of our bigger goals as well as the value of right now in the bigger scheme of things.
I think gazing at it periodically, instead of at an "am I late" clock, adds up to a healthier mind and a connection with time. Even simple things like explaining to our young children when gardening season begins or when birthdays happen using an 'annual' clock has made the yearly rhythm around the sun more tangible and less abstract than with a calendar.
As for the item itself it is very well crafted. The metal polish and finish are smooth and clean, and the spherical curved glass is a unique feature which overlays to the face of the clock a reflection of the area. It looks great from the front, or side-on due to the depth of the Present clock itself which gives depth to the view.
In addition to my first edition purchase, I have also purchased a new one (and a Today) recently for a professional high-end location. Our visitors all think it is a $1000 or more item due to the uniqueness and quality.
Just wanted to take the time and congratulate you on a beautifully executed functional piece of art. I received my clock a few months ago, and I really do enjoy waking up to it in my bedroom.
I thought that I would enjoy it most on weekends when I’m fully in control of my own time. But I almost enjoy it more on work days; it calms me to realize that it really is only a fraction of my day/life.
I now am the very proud owner of The Present, Today, and Today desk clock.
The Present and the Today desk clock found their way to my husband’s office. He is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and works on research involving suicide and violence prevention.
Your work has opened up valuable and important discussions about perception, time, and even accountability.
Once one looks at something using a different paradigm, one does not conceive of it in the same way again. Ever. Open perception and you open possibility.
Thank you for your art.
(I refused to allow him to take my Today wall clock to his office… I need to have your work near me as I watch the day turn. And at 3 am , when I can’t sleep and am wandering the house with my little kitty at my heels, it reminds me that it is not 3am , it is a moment in a turn of the earth.)
It helps me not care so much about exactly what time it is but more what season of life I am in.
Opened up a conversation with my toddler about the orbit of the earth, the solstices and equinoxes, and following the seasons.
It helps me to appreciate time more often. It's also a perfect conversation starter and it just looks awesome on the center spot of my kitchen wall since 7 years
A 21st century Walden - Fast Company
A gorgeous, holistic view of time. - WIRED
More awareness of the present, less hurry. Life's a gift. - SWISSMISS
One of the most Zen clocks we've seen. - COOLHUNTING
ThePresent allows us to reorient our attention, freeing up time for contemplation and enjoyment. - PSFK
A completely new way to look at time. - Design Milk
You begin to see the day in a whole new light. - TECHCRUNCH
Thrift has transformed time telling into a thing of beauty. - My Modern Met
A simple perspective shift that can change how you think about your waking hours in a way that makes it seem like you've been magically handed more time. - AIGA