The Masuno Clock is named after Shunmyo Masuno, the foremost living practitioner of Zen landscape architecture.
The eldest son of the 17th chief priest of the Kenkō-ji Temple, he studied at the Tama Arts University, and eventually became the chief priest of the Kenkō-ji temple himself. In addition to this, Masuno founded his own landscape architectural practice and teaches at Tama University, where he studied.
In his work, he espouses Zen principles, striving to bring peaceful and harmonious creations into a busy and modern world: zones of contemplation, where natural beauty is highlighted and one can momentarily forget the hustle and bustle of modern life.
"The Zen garden teaches the suchness, or intrinsic value, of each thing — the connectedness, harmony, tranquility and sacredness of the everyday. Developing a sense of respect for all things is no small step in becoming an ethical human being, both with respect to other humans, and to the environment at large"
The Masuno Clock is our attempt to bring some of his themes into physical form: asymmetry, harmony, and tranquility. Though in some ways, a timepiece may seem antithetical to Zen themes, we hope that it allows you see time as movement and flow, rather than rigid and linear — in line with Masuno's views.
The clock can be mounted on the wall but also can stand alone. Stressed by the passage of time? Simply flip its orientation — there are several mounting points allowing the clock to be positioned in a variety of directions.
Each clock comes with an American made quartz movement and a single AA battery.
- Size: 8 1/8" X 8 1/8" X 1 3/8" X
- Material: 3D printed recycled PLA (Polylactic Acid), brass hardware
I saw this clock in an NY Magazine write-up and was immediately smitten. I emailed to find out when it would be in stock again and was promptly given information. Now it's hanging on our kitchen wall (in blue) and I'm so proud to have it in our home. Its design and style are unique and irresistible.
Like many clocks, this one ticks. I was hoping for a silent one for a bedroom, but I still love this and found another spot for it.
Built Layer By Layer
Instead of using traditional manufacturing methods where material is subtracted in order to create an object, we make use of 3d printing using biologically derived materials to make our lamps. 3d printing is additive — that means material is added layer by layer to build the final object. No additional material is wasted in the process. It’s only a small step in trying to make our work as sustainable as possible
Made From Corn
We are proud to be making use of PLA, a corn based bio-plastic in our lamps. PLA constitutes the entirety of the lamp shade and the bulk of the base, and eventually can be composted.