I think I can speak for my fellow designers when I say there’s nothing more exciting than looking at an object and seeing the possibilities of what could be done, how it could be changed. If you can’t afford new things or know nothing in a department store could satisfy your need, that’s the time to use your skills and create. By finding new ways to use or display every day items I’m guaranteed not to tire of them.
This sort of disassembled clock reminded me of a musical toy clown head I used to have as a child. It sounds terrifying, and it was. It won’t help when I explain that you had to twist the bright red nose, which usually caused a horrible creaking sound, in order to make the music start. It was for this reason that I decided I had to eliminate the clown identity. I used my dad’s tools and took apart the head, unhinging and chipping away at the plastic. The end result showed a maze of metal work with a cylindrical shaped knob in the center where the nose had been. I admit that this was also terrifying, as I had just dissembled a fricken clown head, but it was different and something I could then tolerate.
Having the ability to change things allows for unlimited possibilities. I like to practice this logic whenever I can.