Isamu Noguchi Clock

Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Dave R » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:47 pm


A little Sunday SketchUp practice. Based on a clock from about 1932. It's a bit different from the furniture I usually draw. At a little over 6 inches tall, the case and knobs are all drawn to be 3D-printable. Rendered in Kerkythea.


This shows the mesh. I did this partly because a guy on another forum insisted that this kind of stuff can't be done in SketchUp. I guess if he's right, I must be doing it wrong. :)
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Bryan K » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:57 pm

So the first picture is a render?
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Dave R » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:02 pm

Yes. Right out of Kerkythea. We'll, I did crop the image a bit.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby mwm5053 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:28 pm

Great work Dave as always your really good with KT
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby cotty » Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:37 pm

Those impossible things are the best ;-)
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Box » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:21 pm

"Alice laughed: "There's no use trying," she said; "one can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Dave R » Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:35 am

Thanks for the nice comments. I think the dark brown bakelite hides a host of sins. ;)

Here's an ivory version of it. They were made in this color, too.


And view of the render environment for the skeptical.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby ntxdave » Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:48 am

It is guys like you with stuff like that help me understand how weak I am at using SketchUp. ;)
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby brooklynia373 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:11 am

really nice work!
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby pilou » Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:53 am

It's not Thea Time but Kerky Time! :fro:
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby chedda » Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:38 am

Superb nostalgic piece. Did the dude in the other forum admit defeat ?
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Dave R » Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:23 pm

Thank you, folks.

chedda wrote:Superb nostalgic piece. Did the dude in the other forum admit defeat ?


No. I didn't want him to admit defeat, though. I just wanted him to see that this sort of stuff is indeed possible. He's declared SketchUp a failure because he can't manage it. And there are many examples of models even much more complex than this one that others have made. Reminds me of the old adage, "It's a poor craftsman who blames his tools."

FWIW, I only used two extensions for this clock. Fredo6's Bezier Spline and his Round Corner. Both of these should be the first extensions people install.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby pilou » Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:34 pm

where are the time pieces of clockmaking mecanism? :)
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby HornOxx » Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:02 pm

Dave R wrote:...a view of the render environment for the skeptical...

:D :D
just a wonderful model(idea) and a wonderful render!

(I agree to your "first plugins" recommendation)
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby db11 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:19 pm

Nice model and great renders Dave. Very cool in both colours, though I think I like the ivory version best.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Bryan K » Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:11 am

Gorgeous model and renders.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Dave R » Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:00 pm

Thank you all.

And Bryan, that's very high praise indeed! TVM.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby JMJOhio » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:10 pm

Great model and renders. Simple and clean.
Do you have the physical clock or working from photos?
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Rich O Brien » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:46 pm

That's a great render. I was sure it was a reference image at first glance.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Dave R » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:46 pm

JMJOhio wrote:Great model and renders. Simple and clean.
Do you have the physical clock or working from photos?


Thank you. Just working from photos.

Thanks Rich.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby ron_viteri » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:03 am

Hi Dave, really great render.

I found myself here because I'm actually in the process of restoring one of these for my brother, but it's missing the smaller knob and need to fabricate. Wondering if you list any of your renders on any marketplaces? Would like to purchase the sketch file, if possible..

PS - Noguchi called the piece "Measured Time"

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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Dave R » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:55 pm

Thank you Ron. It's cool that you have one of these to restore.

My models are generally not available however I might consider extracting the small knob from this one for you. The knob was modeled from photographs with no actual dimensions and I've never had the pleasure of seeing one of these clocks in person so I can't say it is perfectly accurate. Certainly the back of it wouldn't be detailed but I suppose you could deal with that. How would you fabricate the knob?
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby shawb » Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:53 pm

Superb render! I just went scrolling past the mesh in the 2nd image looking for the 'real' render until further posts had me backtrack to the start.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Dave R » Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:59 pm

Thank you.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby majid » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:49 pm

Hi dave, couple of fine renders... I do not believe that you are still keeping KT alive! So nostalgic, both model and engine
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Dave R » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:59 pm

majid wrote:Hi dave, couple of fine renders... I do not believe that you are still keeping KT alive! So nostalgic, both model and engine


Thank you, sir. As for Kerkythea, it works just fine so I've never seen any need to leave it for another renderer.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby jo-ke » Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:59 pm

Dave R wrote:
majid wrote:Hi dave, couple of fine renders... I do not believe that you are still keeping KT alive! So nostalgic, both model and engine


Thank you, sir. As for Kerkythea, it works just fine so I've never seen any need to leave it for another renderer.


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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby pbacot » Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:54 pm

I missed this one the first time around! Really nice modeling and render. Especially looks like the model was done in native tools (?) How did you texture the dials? From a photo? is there a glass or plastic shape modeled over them?
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby Dave R » Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:01 pm

Thank you Peter. I used the Circle tool and Fredo's BZ_Spline tools to draw the curves and Follow Me to create the 3D shapes. The faces are images from the real clock.
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Re: Isamu Noguchi Clock

Postby xayzer » Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:25 am

I genuinely thought the first image was the reference photo you used for modeling the clock! Beautiful work! I also didn't know Kerkythea was still around, I haven't used it since I first started working with Sketchup some ten years ago.
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