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Timor calendar


Appropriately for an object that’s perpetual in design, the evocative and provocative Timor calendar will soon chalk up 50 years of continuous production.


TEXT: MAX TUTTLE


The famed architect, designer and thinker Frank Lloyd Wright once said: “Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.” One object that certainly adheres to this maxim is the Timor calendar, which was first produced by Milanese company Danese in 1967. The calendar’s creator is multiple award-winning modernist


artist and furniture designer Enzo Mari, whose prolific and thought-provoking work has largely focused on the simplicity of form, reflecting his belief that form has an immediate connection to its function. Mari drew inspiration for his new object from railway signs,


which he recalled from his adolescence years. The resultant unusual form of Timor comprises an inverted


L-shaped base, which holds a series of cards indicating day, date and month. The cards are all held in place at the top of the


base’s vertical column, around which they pivot – enabling the precise date to be displayed. Not only is Timor easy to use, it’s also straightforward to


manufacture. Its one-piece sturdy base is formed of ABS plastic, while the day, date and month cards are made of lithographed PVC sheet. Mari’s creation perfectly follows its creator’s modern


design principles, so it’s no surprise that it’s included in museum collections around the world, including as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Available in four different languages – Italian, English,


French and German – and three colours – black, white and green – Timor looks set to be displaying dates and enlivening desktops for many years to come.


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