Hungarian Designer Repurposes Timepieces as Art

barbara katona repurposed timepieces

Hungarian jewelry designer Barbara Katona garnered the audience vote in Poland’s Lódź Design Remade Market Contest. Her repurposed watches and clocks were created, in her words, “to keep people from forgetting to smile and to stop once in a while in this hectic world.”

Repurposed Timepieces by Barbara Katona

The charmingly manipulated wristwatches and tabletop clocks were voted as one of the three most popular brands among visitors to the Lodz Design Festival website.

Barbara Katona describes her project as follows:

We must forget the concept of hours and minutes in order to pay more attention to the content hidden inside. My name is Barbara Katona. I live in Budapest, Hungary. I have been a goldsmith since 2004. The idea to make these watches was born 3 years ago, when I found an old watch with a damaged mechanism. I decided to try and reinvent the last moments of the watch, even though we may never be able to know its history. A static moment is reigning over the space which has been long governed by time. My first watch had a picture of two children inside – my sister and me. This watch once belonged to my grandfather. My aim is to keep people from forgetting to smile and to stop once in a while in this hectic world. My watches are made for adults. My favorite watch was bought by a girl who gave it to her father as a gift. Her father collected watches. I do not keep any of my works, I feel satisfied because of the joy I experience while making them. I want to share this kind of joy with other people through my works.

The other two Polish designers / brands with the most audience votes were PocketTeeBelt and fashion brand Mamapiki.

See her contemporary jewelry designs for men and women here

images courtesy of Lodz Design