Time is a Treasure


Nacho Carbonell presents his first work incorporating hard stones with “Time is a Treasure”.the starting point of this project: slices of blue agate, the interior of which was kept by French jewellery houses to create jewellery and clocks. Nacho choose to reinstate these neglected stones with their own right to become clocks too, reinterpreting them in the light of his approach at the junction of mineralogy and genetic manipulation.”In the end the stones gave me the idea of what they wanted to be, their frustration fuelled their desire. By imagining my own clocks, I wanted to reinstate them with what had been taken from them”


the Strange and endearing “Time is a Treasure” creatures thus expand the immediately distinctive Carbonell family. A far cry from the principle according to which form follows function, Nacho breaks with all convention to develop, from material and a narrative intention, clocks which only provide the time if one takes the “trouble” to look deeper within.


Unique pieces, these communicative zoomorphic clocks maintain the balance of opposites which animates any work nature. the rough and burnished bronze exterior resembles the hide of an unspecified species.The blue agate head opens onto a polished mirror interior which encompasses a concealed but distinctly ticking clock.And appeal to our imagination, sensivity and the ability of each of us to dream.




This new Collection of Nacho Carbonell had been commissioned by Galerie BSL in Paris.and was presented first time at Design Miami/Basel 11-16 June 2013 Basel, Switzerland



DSC_0531the new pieces made for the exhibition PAD London October 2013:

NC-'Time Is A Treasure IV' 1

NC-'Time Is A Treasure V' 1