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A clock with a definite presence, the design of the Hibiya No Tokei is based on the famous pole-type clock of the Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company. Standing at the corner of Hibiya crossing, the simple and powerful design became the model of a public clock with high visibility. In 2012, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Lemnos produced the Hibiya No Tokei to commemorate this famous clock and its striking, long-lasting design.
Size: Ø256mm x 46mm
Material: Aluminium, Glass
Colour: Black frame, White face
Designed by: Riki Watanabe
Made in Japan
Riki Watanabe (1911 - 2013)
Considered one of the pioneers of post-war Japanese design, after graduating from the Woodcraft Department at Tokyo Higher School of Arts and Design (currently Chiba University),
Riki Watanabe joined architect Bruno Taut's office in Gunma in 1936. In 1949, he established his own design studio, and
quickly won recognition for his low-cost String Chair in 1952. His Torii Stool and Circular Center Table won
the Gold Medal at the Triennale di Milano in 1957. In addition to interior and furniture design Watanabe also designed clocks and watches.
His 1972 design for the Hibiya Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Company's pole clock is recognised as one of Watanabe's major works.
TAKATA Lemnos Inc.Founded in 1947, TAKATA Lemnos Inc. started as a brass casting manufacturing company in Takaoka-city, Toyama Prefecture, Japan and went into full-scale business trade with Seiko Clock Co., Ltd in 1966. Lemnos works with many well-known designers such as Riki Watanabe, Kazuo Kawasaki, Shin Azumi, Tomoko Azumi, Kanae Tsukamoto to design and create clocks that are timeless and accentuates the beauty of the raw material used. Their products are made by craftspeople with finely honed techniques in Japan. Lemnos brand products are now highly praised from the design shops and interior shops around the world.
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