Richard Meier & Partners Architects LLP

Richard Meier Designs New Watch for Projects Watches

New York, New York, August 2, 2011 – Pritzker Prize winning architect Richard Meier has designed a new wristwatch in collaboration with the Markuse Corporation.

For nearly 30 years the Markuse Corporation/Projects has dedicated itself to celebrating the role architecture and design play in our daily lives.  From its very first watches, designed by icons of twentieth century architecture, Projects has brought a new face to the telling of time.

This new design with Richard Meier for the Ana Watch becomes part of the prolific collection of objects designed by the architect. The design of the watch adheres to a modernist vocabulary, focusing on proportion, human scale and the manipulation of a strong geometry.  “Working on various designs of objects used in daily life, such as watches, I am conscious of participating in a tradition of architects that worked in a variety of scales such as Joseph Hoffmann and Frank Lloyd Wright. In my case, the theoretical point of departure is consistently related to function and beauty,” said Richard Meier.

The Ana Watch measures 38mm in diameter (1.50”), and is made of a stainless steel, complimented by either a 20mm (3/4”) charcoal gray or white leather band. The model number of the Ana with Gray band is 6020 L and the model number for the white leather banded version is 6020 W. It is available at most museum stores worldwide and online at
www.projectswatches.com

About Richard Meier
Richard Meier received his architectural training at Cornell University and established his own office in New York City in 1963.  Since that time his international practice has encompassed major cultural and civic commissions as well as private residences, and corporate and academic facilities. He has received the highest honors in the field including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the Gold Medals of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects as well as the Praemium Imperiale from the Japan Art Association.

He is best known for the Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art; and the Jubilee Church in Rome.

His current work include the Italcementi i.Lab in Bergamo, Italy; a condominium complex in Jesolo, Italy; a residential tower in Tel Aviv, Israel; two residential towers in Tokyo, Japan; two hospitality and commercial projects in Mexico; a club house and hotel in China; and luxury residences in Bodrum, Turkey, Luxembourg, Shenzhen, China, Hartfordshire in the United Kingdom and Long Island, New York.

About Markuse Corporation/Projects Watches
For nearly 30 years The Markuse Corporation has dedicated itself to celebrating the role architecture and design play in our daily lives. Our purpose has been to raise the collective consciousness of design, regardless of what form it may take: watches, alarm clocks, wall clocks, mailboxes, weathervanes, house numbers, bath accessories or homewares.
For 16 years, President Jack Markuse acted as ALESSI’s exclusive US Distributor and design consultant, dedicating himself to offering the finest and most innovative home products to the US Market. Those efforts contributed to making Michael Graves, Ettore Sottsass, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Philippe Starck household names synonymous with good design.
In 2001 the company focused on design of timepieces by pushing the limits of what a watch can do. The watches have a three-dimensional aspect to them. They deal with color, structure and each element of the watch “plays” off other aspects of the watch.

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