John C Taylor

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Twelve things you didn’t know about iconic Chronophage clocks

Dr John C Taylor OBE FREng will be showcasing his stunning Dragon Chronophage clock at Design Shanghai, China’s premier design event, on March 27-30 2015 at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Speaking ahead of the upcoming exhibition, Dr Taylor said, “It’s exciting to be displaying the Dragon Chronophage in the country that inspired its creation. It was a pleasure to work alongside Professor Long of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou. “I’ve been visiting China on business since the 1960s and it’s always been a place that’s close to my heart. “The Dragon Chronophage has been popular with the Chinese in the… read more

Chronophage reminder that time is not on our side

Speaking about the approaching winter solstice on Sunday December 21, Dr John C Taylor OBE, inventor and creator of the famous Corpus Chronophage, has said that ‘it is a sobering reminder that time is not on your side’. In terms of astronomy the winter solstice is, in the northern hemisphere, the moment at which the sun is furthest south. For ancient people, such as the builders of Stonehenge, the winter solstice was a very important day, as it marked the point at which the days would become longer. The inevitability of time was one of the driving themes behind the… read more

British inventor Dr John C Taylor praises Chinese innovation

Speaking ahead of the Design Shanghai press conference on, Dr John C Taylor OBE has praised China for its rich history of innovation. Noted British inventor Dr John C Taylor OBE is proud to be showcasing his stunning Dragon Chronophage clock at Design Shanghai, which will take place from March 27-30 2015. Design Shanghai, which is organised by Media 10, is China’s premier design event. The last exhibition was attended by over 47,000 people. Dr Taylor knows China well, having done business in Hong Kong in the 1960s and then setting up a factory in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in the… read more

Dragon Chronophage to Shine in Shanghai

The noted British inventor Dr John C Taylor OBE is proud to be showcasing his stunning Dragon Chronophage clock at Design Shanghai, taking place in March 2015. As a world famous inventor and the holder of over 400 patents, Dr Taylor is constantly pushing boundaries to create something that is completely original, and this unique piece is a perfect example. Created in tandem with Professor Long of the Hangzhou Art University, the Chronophage is a colourful, friendly and playful dragon which engages admirers with a selection of winks and waves that enthrals its audience. Speaking about his remarkable work of… read more

Secrets of the Chronophage Revealed

Noted inventor and horologist Dr John C Taylor OBE FREng delivered a speech at the Royal College of Art in London on Wednesday March 19 2014. He spoke  as part of a School of Design Research Symposium that examines time as the universal metric, a context for every object, life, event and alteration.  The event, created by Stephen Boyd Davis, Research Leader, School of Design, involved five speakers discussing how we design with time, what time looks like, how we perceive it and how it feeds into how we live, act and remember.  Historical, conceptual and cognitive problems were examined by speakers… read more

Interesting Facts

Thousands of years ago in the Middle East, a random genetic mutation caused a group of grapes to spontaneously abort their own seeds before the seeds could develop hard casings. The result: seedless grapes. To reproduce the fruit, a farmer simply cloned the vine — meaning that all seedless grapes today are direct descendants of that one mutated grape vine.

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Historic Clock Exhibition Hosted at Bonhams

Two private clock collectors have collaborated to stage an outstanding exhibition of early English clocks at the prestigious venue of Bonhams, New Bond Street, London in September. The exhibition will also feature third party loans, including contributions from the Science Museum, the Clockmakers’ Company and the Collection of the 5th Lord Harris from Belmont House, amongst others.    However, given that the majority of clocks are privately owned, the specimens on display are very rarely in the public eye.  Indeed, what makes the exhibition particularly exciting is that many of the clocks are being displayed together, almost certainly for the… read more

Interesting Quotes

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt