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The hands of time go round and round, and so does this this clever carousel clock by Taipei designer Griffin Yang of
Haoshi Design. The numbers on the pillars represent time. The boy, in the spirit of youthful liveliness, is the second hand. The mother, always keeping up with her child, is the minute hand and the father, according to Griffin, tells time by the hour as he steadily cares for his family. It's a sweet sentiment, and one so beautifully embodied in piece made of resin and hand-finished for detail. "Haoshi" is Chinese for "good things." The goal: focus on the good details around us which might go unnoticed but shouldn't since they bring so much joy. "So we add a kind of purity and peace in our design concept," says Griffin. We fell for her and her joyful work, from jewelry to this clock, at her U.S. debut in New York in 2010.
Haoshi literally means "good things” in Chinese and, at Haoshi Design, founder Griffin Yang says, “We believe that life is full of happy and interesting things.” For the young Taiwan-based designer, whose initial work captivated the U.S. design scene upon its debut in 2010, many of those “happy things” are images of animals. They populate her range of winsome products in everything from hand-cast resin jewelry with tiny frogs and squirrels to installation-size wall clocks with a flock of airborne swallows.
For Griffin, these animal stand-ins seem to represent the welter of emotions present in the pace of warp-speed everyday life. They can provoke reflection, giving time to pause and perhaps to smile, and to appreciate the wonders of the world around us. “In our daily life, emotions are often affected by trifles easily,” Griffin says, “and it is easy to neglect some ‘good things’ around us which can bring us joyfulness and satisfaction.”