The god Somnus strikes Palinurus on the temples with a branch dipped in the ‘dew of Lethe,’ and Aeneas’ helmsman falls asleep. Recognized in Greek as Hypnos, the god of sleep glides down from the heavenly locations in a swirl of dark air which dispels the shadows. Then, according to Virgil, 1 of the wonderful poets of antiquity, he soars up and vanishes into the night.
The new table clock, created by Alessandro Zambelli for Diamantini & Domeniconi, is named soon after this god and first goes on show at Maison et Objet in Paris from 6 – 10 September (Hall 8 now, Stand A35 – B36).
The god Hypnos – Ipno – is the son of night. The name is apt for this furnishing accessory, simply because the designer has offered it an practically hypnotic function: an internal pendulum. Functioning as a balance, this sways the case in perpetual motion and transforms Ipno into a ‘rocking’ clock. It is like a modern evolution of the pendulum clock of past ages, but wry, dynamic and creative. Right here at long last is a clock free of charge to move in space and help its personal harmonic motion. It need to have not be wall-mounted, but can stand alone.Ipno measures 16 cm L x 20 H x 6 D. The birch case is obtainable in a all-natural finish or painted in various colours. Alternatives are medium walnut or mahogany. Ipno goes on sale to the public at € 85.