Michael Graves

Mado Watch - 2017 GOOD DESIGN Award


The award-winning Mado Watch provides a unique 'window' on time. The clever overlay of the circle and square create a conversation-piece for the wrist.

Winner of 2017 GOOD DESIGN Award
Michael Graves

Michael Graves

Michael Graves received his architectural training at the University of Cincinnati and at Harvard University. Among his many completed projects are the Portland Building, the Humana Building, the Clos Pegase Winery in the Napa Valley, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels. Graves is the winner of fifteen Progressive Architecture Design Awards, nine American Institute of Architects National Honor Awards, and thirty-eight New Jersey Society of Architects, AIA Awards.

Michael Graves was recently awarded the national medal of the arts. Here is a transcript of what President Clinton said at the ceremony:

So it's little wonder that Michael Graves' work can be found from our shopping malls to our National Mall. From an award-winning office building to a tea kettle; to the creative scaffolding around the Washington Monument -- which, I might say, has enriched the lives of every person in Washington, D.C. -- (applause) - - and made those often stuck in what is now America's most crowded traffic patterned city have their time pass a little better, Michael Graves has created art that surrounds our lives.

Michael Graves is a rare individual who finds equal wonder in things both large and small. As one of our century's most important designers and architects, he has said he gets as much pleasure planning a large building as he does designing a spatula. (Laughter.)

He calls himself a great practitioner, but in some ways his challenge is more daunting than that of a physician. As Frank Lloyd Wright once said, "After all, the doctor can bury his mistake," -- (laughter) -- "but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines." (Laughter.) The only thing that grows and covers Michael Graves' work is our admiration, appreciation and respect."

Read about Michael Graves here: Buildings and Projects 1990-1994


Mado Watch

Designer: Michael Graves

The Japanese word for window, Mado 窓, is a fitting name for a watch that allows the wearer to see something that was previously unsee-able. The Mado Watch opens a portal in which time is seen in a new light.

The “square peg in a round hole” idiom is a fitting description for the award-winning Mado watch because it artfully communicates the individuality that we all yearn to express. When seen on a wrist, the age old geometric relationship between circle and square transforms into a plane of coexistence. The daily act of telling time becomes immediate, focused, and magnified. This is achieved by wedging the square black dial, with its unique engraving pattern, into the circular brushed stainless steel bezel. This watch creates a perfectly proportioned windowthrough which time is viewed.The watch dial is punctuated by high-contrast, stamped numerals (taken from an original font designed by the lateMichael Graves) that appear to hover within the crystal lens.

The Mado Watch is a unisex 40mm diameter size case.It is made of brushed stainless steel and is complemented with a black silicone band with stainless steel buckle.

Mado is the proud winner of the 2017 GOOD DESIGN AWARD.

Itmeasures 10" from end to end with 7" to the closest hole and 8 3/4" inches from the farthest hole and is a unisex watch measuring 40mm (1.57") in diameter and 7.6mm (0.30") high. It is made of a brushed stainless steel and comes with a 20mm (3/4") black silicone band.

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Weight: 0.5 lbs

Diameter: 40mm (1.57")

Height: 8.85mm (0.35")

Colors: Black, Gray

Material: Brushed Stainless Steel

Movement: Japanese Quartz

Water-resistant: up to 5 ATM

Band Size: 20mm

Band Color: Black

Band Material: Silicone

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