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The Perpetual Calendar Breaks the Rules
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* A smaller version of the iconic original Perpetual Calendar
* Move the magnetic balls manually to mark the date and month
* Designed by Gideon Dagan

Great design has the power to elevate the everyday, and the iconic Perpetual Calendar has literally done just that. Bringing date-keeping to its highest aesthetic form, this unusual piece has been rendered in two sizes, the smaller of which we’ve featured here. First designed for the Museum of Modern Art in 1998, the petite version of the Perpetual Calendar was introduced in 2008 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of its original design.

 

Perpetual Calendar MoMA

Visually striking by any description, the Perpetual Calendar is a minimalist’s dream, completely pared down in form and color. Departing from the classic monthly grid of days, witness a piece that dares to use just circles and lines, black, white and red. In what seems like an impossible and precarious balancing act, the calendar itself stays secure on a simple stand or can be hung on a wall. Its string-tethered ball stays suspended in mid-air through the use of magnetic levitation; manually move it to mark each month. On a stark horizontal beam, find a second ball that indicates the day.

Constructed of injected-molded ABS recyclable polymer and magnets, this modern calendar is yet another innovation from renowned industrial designer Gideon Dagan. His work can be found in museums all over the world, a fact that’s probably not surprising after designing this calendar — a way to track time in what’s sure to become a timeless package.

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