Press Release: Glen Baghurst and M&E Ohlssons Klockgjuteri create ceiling clock for Swedish pavilion, London Design Bienalle 2016


Glen Baghurst and M&E Ohlssons Klockgjuteri have created new work for the London Design Biennale's Swedish Pavilion. 

M&E Ohlssons main contributor is Tony Kempe

The last collaboration between Glen and Tony was 'The Champagne Table' see Objects

The work to be presented is a Ceiling Clock.

The Swedish Pavilion will have 15 collaborative partnerships on show

Equal terms collaborations focus for Swedish pavilion at the London Design Biennale


The Ceiling Clock, timepiece, 2016


Materials: Aluminium, Steel , Resin

Dimensions: 64W 9D 45H cm

The Ceiling Clock is a timepiece that is attached to the wall or ceiling. Inspired by vintage wristwatches the casing of the clock has been developed for a specific purpose leaving the dial and hands open for a variations of styles.

The Ceiling Clock was created specifically for the Swedish Pavilion at the London Design Biennale. The collaboration between Glen Baghurst and M&E Ohlssons Klockgjuteri has continued since ‘The Champagne Table’ was developed through the Den Nya Kartan exhibition in 2015. This latest collaboration utilises the history of M&E Ohlssons Klockgjuteri in making clocks and bells for churches around Sweden. Their foundry in Ystad, the south of Sweden has been active since the 1800s and is now one of the last bell maker's in Sweden. Glen's interests in watches started through his father, a vintage wristwatch collector. His father often gives Glen a few different watches when he visits his home in Sydney, which Glen uses on rotation to keep them in good shape. This close association with wristwatches inspired Glen to think about doing a timepiece and influenced the way he treated the casing of the clock.

Glen speaking “One of M&E Ohlssons Klockgjuteri‘s main skills is around casting metals, aluminium, brass and bronze. So it made sense to use the foundry for the casing of the clock. I like these large clocks outside jewellers, stations or churches. They provide a feeling of establishment and I think ‘The Ceiling Clock’ can bring that feeling into either your office or home”

This product is available in a range of finishes, as both a single and double sided face. Price on request.


Information about the exhibition


Equal terms collaborations focus for Swedish pavilion at the London Design Biennale

Swedish designers and producers tries new model for cooperation based on shared responsibility for costs and profits. The goal is more democratic, more sustainable, more local and more environmentally-aware designs.

“The exhibition is based upon an idea of tighter collaborations between designer and producers in Sweden. It's also emphasizing the importance of a re-introduction of the artistic process within production. We need to find new ways of producing by going local again and questioning unsustainable business models,” says curator Jenny Nordberg.

In September 2016 the first ever London Design Biennale will take place with national pavilions from 35 countries. The Swedish pavilion, Welcome to Weden, is a design exhibition promoting the strength in working together through a new model for cooperation. Fifteen pairs of designers and manufacturers have been invited to work together on more equal terms.

The exhibition follows in the footsteps of the collaborative model that developed in Sweden during the utopian early 20th century; a period when crafts and industry blossomed, when connections between designers and manufacturers were inherently strong and mutually advantageous and room was left for incremental experimentation and development. Over time this model has altered, slowly becoming more dysfunctional and defined more by disruptive market forces than by shared goals.

The participants in the exhibition have been asked to try out a new model based on shared responsibility for both costs and profits. The belief is that this new non-hierarchical model will lead to more democratic, more sustainable, more local and more environmentally-aware design.

“It’s about testing our limits and about finding common solutions to our problems; to challenge the material and test ourselves and our craftsmanship. It’s about risking failure in order to achieve the result we want.Doing that demands other driving forces than fast cash,” says designer Lovisa Hansson on her collaboration with Njudung Snickerier.

Designers + producers
Andréason & Leibel + Humi-Glas
Glen Baghurst + M & E Ohlssons Klockgjuteri
Maria E Harrysson + Skillinge Emalj
Louise Hederström + Studio Carina Grefmar
Lisa Hilland + Kullaro
Milan Kosovic + Thomas Alexandersson
Studiotrojka + Jonas Larsen
Lovisa Hansson + Njudung Snickerier
Kajsa Willner + AC Snickerier
Jangir Maddadi + Jarls Gjuteriservice & Lammhults Gjuteri
Sara Larsson + Gafs Kartong
Pia Jonsson & Per Liljeqvist + Recticel
Dan Ihreborn + Emmaboda Granit
ELAKFORM + Formenta
Ludvig Löfgren + Mönsterås Metall

The exhibition is produced by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, and is a collaboration between Embassy of Sweden in London, Department of Culture, City of Malmö, Swedish Institute and Swedish Arts Council.

For more information, please contact:
Jenny Nordberg, Curator:, +46 (0) 707 127442

Johanna Sjögren, Project Manager, Form/Design Center:, +46 (0) 708 278509

Caroline B. Le Bongoat, Strategic Developer & Project Manager, Department of Culture, City of Malmö:, +46 (0) 709 341401

Jenny Bergström, Project Manager, Swedish Institute:, +46 (0) 732 318526


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