Instrmnt, a design studio founded by Pete Sunderland and Ross Baynham, present a special edition of their minimalist watch presented in bespoke risograph packaging. Inspired by the way our belongings are often reassembled while in transit, Instrmnt collaborated with RISOTTO studio to imagine the contents of their Instrmnt 01-D through the eyes of the airport x-ray machine.
Instrmnt 01-D x RISOTTO features pared-down design with brushed black casing, black face, and high quality black leather strap. In direct contrast with the monochrome watch within, the colourful riso print corresponds to the materials an x-ray machine picks up and how they are shown: blue – metal, orange – biological, and green – plastics & alloys.
The illustrated packaging was produced and printed in Glasgow by RISOTTO while the watch was created by Instrmnt – two studios that have distinct, discordant styles. The graphics featured on the packaging are playful, anarchic, stylised forms; a sharp contrast to the regimented and minimal interior of the box, and the subdued colour scheme of the watch.
Sunderland and Baynham say their focus lies in creating “considered, user-led products for everyday use.” They launched in 2014 with Instrmnt 01, a minimalist quartz watch that takes inspiration from the industrial design of the mid-20th century. “We have a keen interest in the functional, utilitarian products and tools produced during that time period: from the simple, readable dials of analog ammeters and voltmeters to the revolutionary minimalism of Dieter Rams.”
The layout of Instrmnt 01 – unassembled with tools provided for the customer to build their own watch – has quickly become an iconic part of the brand. Another key principle lies in the use of high quality materials alongside trusted, proven technology. Instrmnt 01 ships with a Swiss Quartz movement, a German made leather strap, and recyclable packaging manufactured in the UK.
Further products have followed since Instrmnt 01, including a 2-speed city bike built in collaboration with Freddie Grubb and an initial foray into furniture design via the creation of a multi-purpose day bed.