Martha Stewart Living - - Collecting -

Smart­phone stop­watches may win for pre­ci­sion, but clas­sic hour­glasses tri­umph in good looks. Their story traces back to the sea: Un­like pen­du­lum clocks, which were eas­ily thrown off by choppy wa­ters, these cinched shapes helped keep ships on sched­ule. More re­cently, they’ve im­mor­tal­ized a cer­tain soap opera, proved es­sen­tial in board games like Pic­tionary, and even gone dig­i­tal— as that tiny icon sig­nal­ing a PC’s plea for pa­tience. But light- catch­ing vin­tage styles like these two beau­ties have truly stood the test of time. Hand­blown ver­sions were made in Italy (left, in Mu­rano glass) and Scan­di­navia af­ter World War II, as art ob­jects that showed off so­phis­ti­cated glass-blow­ing tech­niques (like the mul­ti­fac­eted dou­ble di­a­mond, right). Dis­play one on a desk or book­shelf, and let its style spill into all the days of your life. PHO­TO­GRAPH BY YASU + JUNKO | TEXT BY CLAIRE SULLIVAN | CRE­ATED BY FRITZ KARCH

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