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Claude Glass is a black mirror that connects digital reflections of the landscape with the actual reflections of the viewer. Each minute the scenic landscape changes showing the minute changes of the conditions throughout the day. By turning the object clockwise one speeds up time and travels into the night and onto the next day, by turning in the opposite direction one can reverse in time. This abstract timepiece is inspired by the black pocket sized mirror used by artists, connoisseurs of the landscape, and tourists in the 18th century. Named after the landscape painter Claude Lorrain, who was synonymous with the picturesque aesthetic, the Claude glass was a tool through which one looked out upon the world. Read more
Commonplace Studio is the Netherlands-based design practice of Jon Stam and Simon de Bakker, whose work focuses on context driven objects, quality craftsmanship and quiet interactions. The studio frames autobiographical content, while addressing contemporary issues such as the increasing lack of tactility and other challenges posed by the digital. Commonplace Studio works in both an autonomous and commercial context. Their works have been showcased during events such as Design Miami, Milan, Manifesta, and at Sotheby's. In 2013 the Studio was awarded the Designers of the Future Award at Design Miami/ Basel.
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