i Edelkoort is one of the most well-known trend researchers of our time. Her accurate analyses not only offer insights into current trends, but also sketch out a vision of tomorrow’s society. She currently sees an increasing need to slow down the pace: “People are taking time to question the meaning of life and work, to think about withdrawal and simplicity, about commonality and complexity,” says Li Edelkoort.
It’s about more than just respite. People are finally ready to change their behaviour and break free from their shopping addiction,” notes the trend researcher. “The industry will respond to this, slimming down designs and producing responsible products that last. But that doesn’t mean we will stop making beautiful things – on the contrary. The focus will be on less and better, reduced and exceptional, sustainable and intuitive.” Rado is once again a pioneer in this respect. The future-oriented “Master of Materials” works with extremely durable, scratch-resistant materials and focuses on clear, slender shapes and a sensual feel.
Rado has been in close contact with the Dutch trend researcher for many years. Now, for the first time, Li Edelkoort is presenting a timepiece in her name together with theSwiss watchmaker. The flowing shapes of the ultra-flat True Thinline served as inspiration, combining two of our most prominent innovations: scratch-resistant hightech ceramic and the pioneering monobloc construction. The watch is presented for the first time in the new Rado packaging, which is all about reusability. Its centrepiece is a small high-quality box made from recycled plastic that can be used as a travel case. It is accompanied by a card holder made from black cardboard. Instructions for use are omitted in favour of a QR code.
Overall, the new model delivers a modern interpretation of the design concept “less is more”. The 5 mm thin, warm-white high-tech ceramic case measuring 39 mm in diameter is adorned with a titanium back with sapphire crystal, which bears the words “STILLNESS Lidewij Edelkoort SINCE 2020”. A white dial is presented under curved white frosted-effect sapphire crystal. White hour and minute hands, a transparent Rado logo and a high-tech ceramic bracelet in a matching colour complete the monochromatic look of this contemporary Swiss-made quartz watch.
Telling the time becomes a deliberately contemplative moment with the Rado True Thinline Stillness. “Knowing that time is in our hands while also forgetting it at the same time,” is how Li Edelkoort describes it. “Freeing ourselves from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives by extending awareness for a second, realising the majesty of a minute and grasping the empathy of an hour.” In this way, the new model gives us something that can be enjoyed anew every day: a moment of stillness and meaningfulness.
About Lidewij Edelkoort
Lidewij Edelkoort is a trend forecaster, publisher, humanitarian, educator and exhibition curator. Her company Trend Union produces tools for designers, weavers and strategists at companies around the world. In 2015, her much talked about Anti_Fashion Manifesto was the first to raise awareness about the shifts and upheavals currently experienced by the fashion industry. She is the Dean of Hybrid Design Studies at Parsons in New York where she has founded a Textile Masters and the New York Textile Month festival each September. Edelkoort has been named one of the most influential people in fashion by TIME Magazine and Business of Fashion, and is widely considered one of the most influential people in contemporary design. Her thoughtprovoking writings and podcasts have become increasingly popular at a time when she is regarded as a design icon and sustainability activist.