<h1 class="page">COUNTER SPACE BLOG</h1> <div id="main" class="blog_post"> <div id="header"> Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen </div> <div id="cs_nav" class="blog_post"> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space" class="introduction">Introduction</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/the_new_kitchen" class="the_new_kitchen">The New Kitchen</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/the_frankfurt_kitchen" class="the_frankfurt_kitchen">The Frankfurt Kitchen</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/visions_of_plenty" class="visions_of_plenty">Visions of Plenty</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/kitchen_sink_dramas" class="kitchen_sink_dramas">Kitchen Sink Dramas</a> <a href="/interactives/exhibitions/2010/counter_space/blog" class="blog">Blog</a> <br class="clear" /> </div> <div id="content"> <div class="box voices blog-entry"> <!--googleon: index--> <div class="share-button wide"> <a title="Share: The Perfect Kitchen Clock" class="share" rel="http://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/2010/11/19/the-perfect-kitchen-clock" href="#share"> <span class="text">Share this post</span> <span class="icon"> <br class="clear"> </span></a> </div> <a name="the-perfect-kitchen-clock" id="the-perfect-kitchen-clock"></a> <div class="date"> <small> November 19, 2010 <span class="blog-categories"> &nbsp;|&nbsp; <a href="/explore/inside_out/category/exhibitions">Collection &amp; Exhibitions</a>, <a href="/explore/inside_out/category/counter-space">Counter Space</a> </span> </small> </div> <h5 class="post"><a href="/explore/inside_out/2010/11/19/the-perfect-kitchen-clock">The Perfect Kitchen Clock</a></h5> <p class="byline gray-type"> Posted by <a href="/explore/inside_out/author/ppopeson">Pamela Popeson</a>, Department Preparator, Department of Architecture and Design </p> <div class="blog-content"> <div id="attachment_10441" style="width: 560px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/blue-tea-towel_resized.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-10441" src="https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/blue-tea-towel_resized.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="393" srcset="https://moma.org/wp/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/blue-tea-towel_resized.jpg 550w, https://moma.org/wp/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/blue-tea-towel_resized-300x214.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Hungarian embroidered wall hanging. Translation from Hungarian: “You must do everything at the right time.” Collection Juliet Kinchin. Photograph: Roger Griffith</p></div> <p>There’s always been a clock in my kitchen. I can’t imagine otherwise. I bet there’s been one in yours too. I’m not talking about the digital ones on the coffee maker, stove, microwave, etc. that I don’t even bother to set—I’m talking about the clock that’s been in charge of keeping time everywhere I’ve ever lived—<em>my kitchen clock.</em><span id="more-10295"></span></p> <p>These days it’s the <a href="http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay_Plywood%20Clock_10451_10001_38695">Plywood Clock</a>, made in Japan by Lemnos, Inc. To quote the website for the MoMA gift shop, where I got it, “This wall clock features Seiko precision movement, clean graphics, an easy-to-read face, and a distinctive plywood frame.” And it’s all true. It is a great clock, and it’s perfect in my kitchen, but…</p> <div id="attachment_10444" style="width: 245px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/2.91.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-10444" src="https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/2.91-235x300.jpg" alt="" width="235" height="300" srcset="https://moma.org/wp/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/2.91-235x300.jpg 235w, https://moma.org/wp/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/2.91.jpg 373w" sizes="(max-width: 235px) 100vw, 235px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"> Max Bill. Kitchen Clock with Timer. 1956&ndash;57. </p></div> <p>Ever since we hung <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Bill">Max Bill&#8217;s</a> “Kitchen Clock with Timer” on a gallery wall in the exhibition <em><a href="http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1062">Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen</a>,</em> I find myself coveting it, with its perfect shade of robin’s egg blue and its elegant teardrop shape—like a perfect drop of time.</p> <p>Now that’s a kitchen clock.</p> <p>Just by looking at it you can tell it’s efficient, certain, reliable, and responsible. And what’s more, you get the sense that secretly it’s somehow forgiving—a wonderful quality in any clock, let alone the one in charge. And it <i>is</i> in charge, you just know it is. You can feel it, and not because it throws its weight around—no, not at all. It doesn’t have to. It hangs up there, in its splendor, in its quiet understated elegance, ticking away, steady and sure, keeping and marking time, an ideal example of perfect form and moral purpose though design, in the spirit of the Swiss and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutscher_Werkbund" target="_blank">German Werkbund</a>; <a href="https://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3ACL%3AI%3A4&amp;page_number=1191&amp;template_id=1&amp;sort_order=1" target="_blank">Bill</a> was member of both.</p> <div id="attachment_10508" style="width: 279px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/kitchenclock.CS_.sm_.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-10508" src="https://www.moma.org/explore/inside_out/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/kitchenclock.CS_.sm_.jpg" alt="" width="269" height="403" srcset="https://moma.org/wp/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/kitchenclock.CS_.sm_.jpg 427w, https://moma.org/wp/inside_out/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/kitchenclock.CS_.sm_-200x300.jpg 200w" sizes="(max-width: 269px) 100vw, 269px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text"> <i>Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen</i> installation photograph. October 2010. Photo: Jonathan Musikar</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a young man, Bill studied at the <a href="http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2009/bauhaus/Main.html" target="_blank">Bauhaus</a> in <a title="Dessau" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dessau">Dessau</a> under <a title="Wassily Kandinsky" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wassily_Kandinsky" target="_blank">Wassily Kandinsky</a>, <a title="Paul Klee" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Klee">Paul Klee</a>, and <a title="Oskar Schlemmer" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Schlemmer" target="_blank">Oskar Schlemmer</a>, to name just a few artists. He was the first director, and a co-founder with <a title="Inge Scholl" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inge_Scholl" target="_blank">Inge Aicher-Scholl</a> and <a title="Otl Aicher" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otl_Aicher" target="_blank">Otl Aicher</a>, of the <a title="Ulm School of Design" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulm_School_of_Design" target="_blank">Ulm School of Design</a>, <em>Hochschule für Gestaltung &#8211; HfG Ulm.</em> <a href="http://www.maxbillfilm.ch/media/video/trailer_dsp.php?lg=de&amp;f=1&amp;m=flv">Bill</a> was a painter, <a href="http://www.collection.daimler.com/sculpt/stuttgart/ut_bill_museum_e.htm" target="_blank">sculptor</a>, <a href="http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=3835" target="_blank">industrial</a> and <a href="http://www.moma.org/collection/object.php?object_id=7648" target="_blank">graphic</a> designer, typographer, theorist, teacher, <a href="http://www.modernism101.com/bill_maldonado.php" target="_blank">essayist</a>, and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:HfGUlmbuilding.jpg" target="_blank">architect</a>, and he designed this most excellent, singular <a href="http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/furniture/stories/bill_clock/index.html" target="_blank">Kitchen Clock with Timer</a>,  which you can see (and covet) in the <em>Counter Space</em> exhibition, on view at MoMA through March 14.</p> <p style="text-align: center"> <div class="clear"></div> </div> <!--googleoff: index--> <p class="sub-nav"> <span class="blog-tags"> Tags: <span class="all-tags"> <a href="/explore/inside_out/tag/counter-space-design-and-the-modern-kitchen" title="Posts tagged Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen (20)">Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen</a>, <a href="/explore/inside_out/tag/lemnos" title="Posts tagged Lemnos (1)">Lemnos</a>, <a href="/explore/inside_out/tag/max-bill" title="Posts tagged Max Bill (1)">Max Bill</a> </span> </span> </p> <div id="comments"> <a name="comments"></a> <h2 class="comments">Comments</h2> <div id="comment12270" class="comment first-comment"> <a name="comment12270"></a> <div class="date"><a href="#comment12270"><small>November 19, 2010, 11:20 a.m.</small></a></div> <p>I agree&#8230;.&#8221;That is a great kitchen clock!&#8221;</p> <p class="byline gray-type">Posted by Roger Griffith</p> </div> <div id="comment30574" class="comment"> <a name="comment30574"></a> <div class="date"><a href="#comment30574"><small>May 29, 2011, 10:12 a.m.</small></a></div> <p>Fail. No second hand. 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