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Design Miami Designers to Watch, Part 2: Humans since 1982. Forbes, 2015

By Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle. April 13, 2015


In our second installment of design duos to watch spotted at the 10th edition of Design Miami/, which took place in Miami from December 3 to 7, 2014, we showcase Stockholm-based design studio Humans since 1982.

If you were strolling the aisles of Design Miami/, chances are you would have spotted A Million Times, an unconventional example of horological and kinetic design, where instead of one clock, you get 80 tiny ones, each containing the traditional two hands. Though entirely analogue, they spin all at once in a flurry of movement and precision engineering to show mesmerizing patterns before stopping to tell the time digitally, each piece of the puzzle coming together to create one large mock-digital wall clock. In 2013, a similar piece, The Clock Clock White, was valued at €22,000. A year later, Alexis Ryngaert of Brussels-based limited-edition design gallery, Victor Hunt Designart Dealer, sold a Clock Clock White from his own personal collection in the secondary market for €55,000. This is the phenomenal rise of Per Emanuelsson and Bastian Bischoff – better known in creative circles as Humans Since 1982 – two of the most exciting young designers to come out of Sweden in recent years, who, as you might have guessed, were both born in 1982.

In motion: A Million Times, 2013

Available in multiple variations, A Million Times is a conceptual, mechanical and engineering-based project revealing the digital and alphanumerical possibilities of the typical analogue clock when united in groups. In a dance of time, the designers have liberated the potential of rotating clock hands from their sole purpose of telling the time to become a canvas for limitless creative expression. The installation, together with the 6at6 wall clock where the hands of six clocks combine to show the digit “6” at six o’clock, and their numerous lamps-cum-light sculptures including Light Line, Light Culture and Collection of Light might make you think that Humans Since 1982 have an obsession with time and light. And you’d be right.

It's now a clock: A Million Times, 2013

“Light and time are elusive and hence are indeed perfect for evoking curiosity,” they say. With their designs intended to awaken interest among viewers, the results are often industrial and compelling, as everyday, familiar shapes and objects are transformed in ways we wouldn’t expect. “Fascinating ideas seem to like not being detected,” they disclose. “That’s why they are fascinating. And they seem to hide on the edges of manmade realms. Find those ideas by mixing physics with fashion, art with medicine, technology with philosophy, cosmetics with astronautics, food with architecture, religion with humor.”

Collection of Light, 2011

Sweden-born Emanuelsson and German-born Bischoff founded their studio in 2009 after graduating in design from HDK Gothenburg in Sweden, following studies in mechanical engineering and communication design, respectively, and, since 2010, have been based in Stockholm. In 2008, before even finishing school, they had already debuted their first object, the limited-edition spotlights called Surveillance Light featuring security camera-shaped reflectors, at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. Subsequently, they developed the controversial lounger, Celebrating the Cross, and limited-edition timepiece, The Clock Clock. The latter design – today part of the permanent collections of 21c Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, and the International Museum of Horology in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland – won them unanimous praise and eventually found its way to the Saatchi Gallery in London, which led to the start of a collaboration with auction house Phillips de Pury. The duo has created commissioned works for the LVMH Group in Paris, Royal London Hospital, Firmdale Hotel and Fendi in London, Sacred World Foundation in New Delhi and House of Purple in Seoul, and participated in numerous design fairs like Design Days Dubai, Design Miami/ in Basel, Design September in Brussels, Cutlog in Paris and Collective Design Fair in New York City.


Forbes. Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle. April 13, 2015