William Warren

London based product and furniture designer
Drawing Board

Serendipity Clock


The house that I grew up in had a fantastic grandfather clock that chimed the hour. A sound full of charm that marked time through the day.  This collection of old alarm clocks have been wired together and their led readouts messed around with. The fancy electrics is a ‘chocolate box daisy chain’. The clock reads a fairy-tale message twice a day, which will only be witnessed occasionally. Stripping the clocks of their original function makes the one moment in the day when the readout makes sense more significant.The clock is an experiment to express the pleasure of noticing when something nice but not very important happens.

Once a day the clock reads Supercalifragilisticespialidocious.

The clock was made for the exhibition ‘Them Indoors’ at the Geffrye Museum.

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