Leonie Lacouette manages to strike a balance between concepts and influences that otherwise might seem like polar opposites—her elegant clocks successfully reconcile the strict geometries of minimalism with a warm, approachable palette of colored patinas on the copper and nickel that predominate her designs. Over 25 years ago Lacouette started making clocks as a practical way to make a living while using the aesthetic training she’d received in art school. It all began when she needed a clock for her studio, and noticed an ad in a magazine for a company selling clock mechanisms. Ordering five, she used one to make her own timepiece, and then made four more to sell. They sold out immediately, and she’s been making clocks ever since.