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Tempus Obsidian: Modern Wall Clock by Rousseau

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Ben Rousseau’s latest creation, the Tempus Obsidian timepieces, offers a contemporary twist on the traditional wall clock, blending modern technology with a sleek aesthetic. Released by the British art and design studio Ben Rousseau, these timepieces feature a digital display set into a glossy black face, reminiscent of the natural beauty of obsidian, a type of naturally occurring black-colored glass.

The Tempus Obsidian timepieces display the time through an illuminated wall-mounted fixture, which brings a sense of modern sophistication to any space. The dark, mirrored surface of the clock not only adds a touch of elegance but also invokes the serene qualities associated with obsidian. Rousseau emphasizes that obsidian is often used in meditation and dream work for its ability to clear confusion and promote emotional well-being. This concept is central to the design of the Tempus Obsidian, which aims to serve as a beacon of serenity, inviting users to pause, reflect, and find solace in the rhythm of time.

Instead of following the traditional appearance of a wall clock, the Tempus Obsidian features a digital display that shows hours, minutes, and seconds. The color of the display can be altered by the user, adding a personalized touch to the timepiece. This innovative approach not only reimagines the conventional wall clock but also enhances user engagement, making the act of telling time an experience in itself.

Rousseau’s design philosophy for the Tempus Obsidian aligns perfectly with the ethos of a creative design studio. The blend of art and technology, along with the emphasis on emotional well-being, reflects the studio’s commitment to creating pieces that are both functional and inspiring. The Tempus range brings a sense of theatre and engagement to the simple act of telling the time, transforming it into a moment of contemplation and calmness.

The Tempus Obsidian timepieces are crafted from a combination of glass, aluminum, acrylic, and LED, resulting in a product that is both durable and visually striking. With dimensions of 710 x 45 millimeters, these timepieces are designed to make a statement on any wall, whether in a home, office, or gallery space.


Ben Rousseau’s Tempus Obsidian timepieces are more than just clocks; they are works of art that embody the principles of a creative design studio. By merging contemporary design with traditional elements and the calming properties of obsidian, Rousseau has created a timepiece that not only tells time but also enhances the environment it inhabits. For those interested in bringing a sense of serenity and sophistication to their spaces, the Tempus Obsidian is a perfect choice.

For more details on the Tempus Obsidian timepieces, contact studio@benrousseau.com. The clocks are available through Dezeen Showroom, which offers an affordable space for brands to launch new products and showcase their designers and projects to Dezeen’s global audience.

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