Time Machines of Swiss artisan Florian Schlumpf

Presenting the “Time Machines” of Swiss artisan Florian Schlumpf by the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery in Geneva.

MB&F are are always good for some out of the ordinary designs. In their M.A.D. Gallery you will always find some interesting items, no matter what your interests are. Last time we visited them, they proved once again to have some amazing pieces. From stunning photorealistic art to bikes and of course the MB&F watches. We just received an update in our mailbox where they show us the ” Time Machines”, made by Swiss artisan Florian Schlumpf. Reinterpreting the classical mechanical clock many of us only know from our (grand) parents.

Mad Gallery Geneva
At the MAD Gallery last year.

Time Machines

Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Close your eyes and imagine the rhythmic swing of a long pendulum paired with the steady tempo of a clock mechanism filling the air with harmonious sounds. This is the serene melody orchestrated by the kinetic art pieces designed and developed by Schlumpf, an expert engineer with a passion for art and mechanical precision.

Schlumpf uses his art and engineering expertise to explore his philosophy on time. “I was always fascinated by machines that generate a rhythm,” he says. “A rhythm without time does not exist. A simple pendulum is such a machine: it fascinates by its movement, by its gentle sound. The slower the rhythm, the more soothing its impact is on our emotions.”

This curated collection of three Time Machines celebrates the sensory pleasure of a traditional clock in a purely artistic manner. All variations, from the TM2 and TM3 to the Wall Machine, expose the inner workings of the clock mechanism and place the motion of each gear, spring, and axle in the spotlight.

In addition to the skeletonized design, Schlumpf’s Time Machines are hand-finished in eye-catching colour palettes of black, silver, copper, or gold, which enhance their modern architecture.


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