part kitchen timer, part paperweight
The original idea for the Wait Weight came about during my weekly sketch livestream called Late Nite Nick. I was sketching on ideas for the 2019 Sound and Vision exhibition by American Design Club . The prompt was to create an object that made sound. I started to brainstorm around alarms and thought that the classic kitchen timer was due for a redesign. After interacting with a live audience, I started to play around with different materials the timer could be. I thought concrete would be an interesting juxtaposition from the norm as well as add a bit of extra functionality being a heavy object.
After the livestream, I narrowed down the materials to be a concrete base and metal handle. I jumped into VR and used gravity sketch to iterate on the concept.
Refining the Design
After iterating on many forms, I landed on a hexagonal base with a pill shaped handle. The six sided base lent itself well for adding the timer numbers in increments of 10.
The Wait Weight is part weight, part timer. It can be used to prop open a door, time a pie baking in the oven, or can be set atop a phone to keep you on task. The handle is used to pick up the weight and also functions as the time selector. Each face counts ten minute increments, and every edge is an additional five.
Wait Weight designed by Nicholas Baker / 2019 / self-initiated