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Illusionistic Wall Clock

Mocap 'Discodip' Illusionistic Wall Clock
Located in Maastricht, NL
Mocap 'Discodip' illusionistic wall clock design: JAN PAUL “Time is an illusion” Most wall-clocks
Category

2010s Dutch Post-Modern Wall Clocks

Materials

Metal

  • Mocap 'Discodip' Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap 'Discodip' Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap 'Discodip' Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap 'Discodip' Illusionistic Wall Clock
H 29.53 in W 29.53 in D 3.94 in
Mocap 'Moonwalk' Illusionistic Wall Clock
Located in Maastricht, NL
Mocap (moonwalk) Illusionistic wall clock Design: JAN PAUL “Time is an illusion” Most wall-clocks
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Post-Modern Wall Clocks

Materials

Steel

  • Mocap 'Moonwalk' Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap 'Moonwalk' Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap 'Moonwalk' Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap 'Moonwalk' Illusionistic Wall Clock
H 29.53 in W 29.53 in D 3.94 in
Mocap 'Black White' Illusionistic Wall Clock
Located in Maastricht, NL
"Mocap" (black white) illusionistic wall clock “Time is an illusion” Most wall-clocks have the same
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Post-Modern Wall Clocks

Materials

Steel

  • Mocap 'Black White' Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap 'Black White' Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap 'Black White' Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap 'Black White' Illusionistic Wall Clock
H 29.53 in W 29.53 in D 3.94 in
Mocap "White/Black" Illusionistic Wall Clock
Located in Maastricht, NL
Mocap (white-black) Illusionistic wall clock Design: Jan Paul “Time is an illusion” Most wall
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Post-Modern Wall Clocks

Materials

Steel

  • Mocap "White/Black" Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap "White/Black" Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap "White/Black" Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap "White/Black" Illusionistic Wall Clock
H 29.53 in W 29.53 in D 3.94 in
Mocap "white/yellow" Illusionistic Wall Clock
By Jan Paul
Located in Maastricht, NL
“Time is an illusion” Most wall-clocks have the same basic shape: round. Also the same looking time
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Dutch Post-Modern Wall Clocks

Materials

Steel

  • Mocap "white/yellow" Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap "white/yellow" Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap "white/yellow" Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • Mocap "white/yellow" Illusionistic Wall Clock
H 29.53 in W 29.53 in D 3.94 in

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A Close Look at post-modern Furniture

Postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of vintage postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects and decor for the home included loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions, vibrant colors and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

ORIGINS OF POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Emerges during the 1960s; popularity explodes during the ’80s
  • A reaction to prevailing conventions of modernism by mainly American architects
  • Architect Robert Venturi critiques modern architecture in his Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966)
  • Theorist Charles Jencks, who championed architecture filled with allusions and cultural references, writes The Language of Post-Modern Architecture (1977)
  • Italian design collective the Memphis Group, also known as Memphis Milano, meets for the first time (1980) 
  • Memphis collective debuts more than 50 objects and furnishings at Salone del Milano (1981)
  • Interest in style declines, minimalism gains steam

CHARACTERISTICS OF POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

  • Dizzying graphic patterns and an emphasis on loud, off-the-wall colors
  • Use of plastic and laminates, glass, metal and marble; lacquered and painted wood 
  • Unconventional proportions and abundant ornamentation
  • Playful nods to Art Deco and Pop art

POSTMODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

VINTAGE POSTMODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. Decades later, the fact that postmodernism still has the power to provoke thoughts, along with other reactions, proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodern design began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. Later, in Milan, a cohort of creators led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendinia onetime mentor to Sottsass and a key figure in the Italian Radical movement — brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass, an industrial designer, philosopher and provocateur, gathered a core group of young designers into a collective in 1980 they called Memphis. Members of the Memphis Group,  which would come to include Martine Bedin, Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata, Michele de Lucchi and Matteo Thun, saw design as a means of communication, and they wanted it to shout. That it did: The first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 in Milan and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power-cord leash. Even though it preceded the Memphis Group’s formal launch, Sottsass’s iconic Ultrafragola mirror — in its conspicuously curved plastic shell with radical pops of pink neon — proves striking in any space and embodies many of the collective’s postmodern ideals. 

After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, the postmodern movement within furniture and interior design quickly took off in America. (Memphis fell out of fashion when the Reagan era gave way to cool 1990’s minimalism.) The architect Robert Venturi had by then already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc., with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the vintage postmodern furniture collection includes chairs, coffee tables, sofas, decorative objects, table lamps and more.

Finding the Right wall-clocks for You

Antique, new and vintage wall clocks have become available over the years in a diverse range of materials, such as wood, metal and glass, as well as styles from mid-century modern to Industrial.

Wall clocks have been designed by acclaimed creators and manufacturers such as Howard Miller Clock Company, Junghans Uhren GmbH, Pragotron and more. The Ball clock and Sunflower clock, which were created by designer Irving Harper in George Nelson’s studio during the mid-century era, are known to design enthusiasts and have become highly collectible over the years.

Whether you want an antique timepiece or one that will match a modern motif, you are sure to find one to suit any home or office decor.

The wall clocks of today have come a long way from the mechanical timepieces that originated in the 14th century. One of the most famous clocks from this era was made by Italian astronomer and physician Giovanni de’ Dondi and took approximately 16 years to complete. By the 17th century, wall clocks were popular luxury objects for the home.

Wall clock choices are not limited to just something that keeps time. A 19th-century bronze cartel clock and barometer set is an elegant addition to a foyer, while a vintage world-map clock allows you to see the time in several locations at once. Cleverly designed clocks have been created for all manner of tastes over the years.

On 1stDibs, you will find wall clocks and other types of antique and vintage clocks from various time periods, from Louis XV to Art Deco, and from all over the world, including Germany, France, the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Bring a touch of class and personality into your living room or dining room with a unique timepiece.

Questions About Illusionistic Wall Clock
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    A regulator wall clock is a wall-mounted clock invented in the late 18th century. These types of clocks are weight-driven, regulated by a swinging pendulum.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 31, 2023
    There is no single best brand of wall clock. When choosing a wall clock, consider the size, style and whether it requires electricity or a battery. On 1stDibs, find a variety of wall clocks from creators like Pragotron, Gents of Leicester and others.