The Fragmented Clock - Nada Debs
using her recently established East & East workshop which focuses on modernizing traditional craft, Nada Debs has created the Fragmented Clock- a contemporary take on the grandfather clock, which is reminiscent of the past and captures the significance of heritage. The clock is carved from solid maple wood, an unusual material in the region, and incorporates mother of pearl inlay. The diamonds form an intricate pattern from the top, becoming distorted and more fragmented as they reach the base, until there is no more carving, reflecting a purity of design. The mother of pearl inlay is also scattered, showing the dying craft as time passes, requiring meticulous workmanship for each diamond shape to be carved into its 4 facets. The clock itself is fragmented into 4 pieces as if time were broken into units. The secret doors hold memories collected over time. The Fragmented Clock requires 4 hand carvers and 6 craftsmen specialized in mother of pearl inlay, 500 hours of work, and 30 kilos of mother of pearl to create the final object.