INTERVIEW WITH MARCO BIEGERT & ANDREAS FUNK – FOUNDERS OF QLOCKTWO01 Nov. 2020
The brand QLOCKTWO was developed from a simple but brilliant idea: to display the time in a unique way.
How did you first get into designing items for the home?
The brand QLOCKTWO was developed from a simple but brilliant idea: to display the time in a unique way. The two founders, Marco Biegert and Andreas Funk, have known each other since they were young, and even back then, they were already developing objects together that combined creativity and technology. Aesthetics have always played an essential role in their work.
From the very beginning, their penchant for beauty and function was reflected in symmetries, design aspects, and the stories behind the objects. What unites all of our objects is the examination of the moment and the now. Our message, which we have sought to convey to people since the beginning of our company's history, is to use time. The foundation stone of our brand was laid in Schwäbisch Gmünd, our hometown and current headquarter.
How did you come up with the QLOCKTWO design concept? What was your first design?
Biegert and Funk already handcrafted and created various works of art and other objects together in their youth. Already in this time, the theme of time appeared again and again in their works. Even from their student days, there are first drawings which remind of a QLOCKTWO. The idea grew over the years and developed into what we know today as the various models of the QLOCKTWO.
Which comes first, the design or the materials you use?
Especially with the CREATOR'S EDITION, we draw our inspiration from nature. This is also reflected in the selected materials. In the various models of the CREATOR'S EDITION, time always plays an important role with the chosen material: change, the passage of time and transience are all concepts that inform our designs. If you take a closer look at the QLOCKTWO surfaces, they all are the result of the effects of time.
The QLOCKTWO CREATOR'S EDITION RUST, for example, is the result of the artisan rusting of the material, where time is the first to bring about the process. The time aspect is also reflected in the patination process of the CREATOR'S EDITION SILVER & GOLD. The oxygen that causes the change over time gives it the appearance that makes it special. In this sense, the material, together with the component of the passage of time, finally completes the design of the art objects of the CREATOR'S EDITION.
How did you develop the brand series?
Over the years the variety of characteristics at QLOCKTWO has grown considerably. From the QLOCKTWO W for the wrist to the QLOCKTWO CLASSIC and the QLOCKTWO 180, there is something for every art and design lover. What they all have in common is the idea of an individual representation of time. It forces the viewer to question habits and no longer tact and rationalise every second as usual.
What’s the story behind the QLOCKTWO name?
"QLOCK" refers to the essential role of time. Using a “Q” instead of a “C” is a creative twist because, after all, QLOCKTWO is art itself. On the other hand, the word "TWO" results from the interaction of the two founders Biegert and Funk, who brought the brand and the concept to life.
How do you incorporate sustainability into your work?
We produce our objects locally in our own joinery, source products from the surrounding area, and work closely with local artists. In our packaging, we avoid unnecessary plastic and use pure cardboard packaging. In addition, the entire manufacturing process takes place using CO2-neutral electricity from the Alpine region.
We are also giving something back to nature by reactivating and cultivating an orchard meadow in our hometown Schwäbisch Gmünd. With their great biodiversity of species, they are considered one of the most complex ecosystems in Europe.
What’s the plan for your business over the next five years?
Our aim is to convey our understanding of time in our art objects and to pass it on to our customers. QLOCKTWO is already represented in various museums, which not only makes the brand a cultural asset but also underlines the fact that our products are pieces of art. This is a path that we would like to continue on.
If you could offer any advice to an aspiring product designer, what would you say?
A designer is always also an artist. And art triggers something in people: it has the potential to transport and trigger emotions. There is already so much potential that nature provides us with. Art is now about combining what is already there and thus creating something new, something that moves people.
What is your favourite object or item of furniture that you own?
I own several large, modern paintings. These have a special meaning to me. Also my living room wall is decorated with my favourite QLOCKTWO object: It’s a Qlocktwo Large Creator's Edition Vintage Copper which is a work of art itself.
What does design mean to you?
Design is timeless, functional and always a work of art created by feelings. Without feelings there is no art. It is like a window into another dimension or another reality. This perception has influenced the creation of QLOCKTWO very much. In the end, we already live in a self-created reality with time as an illusion, which our brain pretends all the time. In reality it is a big, whole, coherent now. QLOCKTWO gives a very small insight into this real, realistic world.
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