The new DINN ‘musical’ clock by Alessandro Zambelli for Diamantini & Domeniconi shows its minimalist nature and uncovers a precious and ‘dinging’ heart’. The musician-designer Alessandro Zambelli was inspired by the whimsical genius of Niccolò Paganini, in particular his Concerto No. 2 for violin and orchestra, known as “La Campanella” (the little bell). The designer has applied the brilliant originality of La Campanella to the DINN clock, that will be on preview at the Maison et Objet (Hall 8, Stand A33-B34), in Paris, from 5 to 9 September.
The stark, round face takes bare essentials almost to an extreme. The material is MDF and comes in white and light oak. Within the circle is one bright, attention-grabbing spark of originality. A small, unexpected bell contrasts brassily with the painted face of the timepiece.
This precious detail stands out as the clock’s ‘dinging’ heart. The visual impression made by the hands, in anthracite-coloured aluminium, is equally powerful. Clearly they are key features of its idiosyncratic, passing strike mechanism. In fact the minute hand terminates in a tiny hammer which nudges the clapper of the bell hourly, ‘on the dot.’ The clapper swings. It rings the bell. DINN.
On preview at the Diamantini&Domeniconi stand (A33-B34, Hall 8, Maison et Objet) DINN, the clock with the “Campanella” bell by Alessandro Zambelli, measures 35 cm in diameter and runs on a reinforced quartz movement.