Naoto Fukasawa is well-known for his minimalist designs. The Cu-Clock, which has been produced by the Italian company Magis since 2011, unmistakably carries his signature. The Cu-Clock combines Japanese minimalism with Italian design and German tradition in a unique way.
A minimalist cuckoo clock is in itself a contradiction in terms, as the original clocks from the Black Forest are internationally famous on account of their rich ornaments and decorations. Fukasawa reduces his reinterpretation of the cuckoo clock to a minimum, so that only the inclined roof and the cuckoo are reminiscent of the Black Forest original. Pendants and chains were also left out, along with ornately sculpted wooden ornaments.
The battery-powered Cu-Clock is made completely of ABS plastic, and is manufactured in a standard injection moulding procedure. The basic colour for the house and the bird is always white, while the roof is available in four colour variations (brown, orange, green, white).