365-Day Return Window

Testimonials

THE BENEFIT IS CONNECTING TO A MORE EMOTIONALLY MEANINGFUL ORIENTATION OF TIME.

7+ year owner in London

I WOULD BE LOST WITHOUT THE PRESENT AS A CONSTANT.

9+ YEAR OWNER IN MELBOURNE

IT GIVES ME THE SENSE THAT EVERY NOW AND THEN I FEEL LIKE I HAVE ENOUGH/MORE TIME IN MY LIFE. 

8+ YEAR OWNER IN SEATTLE

THE PRESENT GIVES ME A SENSE OF PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE. 

6+ YEAR OWNER IN BERLIN

I KNOW IT'S A DRAMATIC THING TO SAY BUT IT HAS CHANGED MY LIFE.

10+ YEAR OWNER IN NYC

FAQ

Who is The Present for?

A grounding anchor for intentional living, The Present helps open minded, curious people experience time in a more meaningful, life-affirming way.

Our thoughtfully crafted timepieces are more than just decorative objects; they blend aesthetics and philosophy seamlessly, inspiring presence and starting meaningful conversations.

The Present is ideal for anyone seeking a rare, story-rich artifact and would enjoy the surprising perspective shift it offers.

Since 2012, we’ve shipped these kinetic sculptures to over 7,500 customers in 42 countries worldwide.

What does it do?

The Present reframes how you perceive the passage of time by offering an additional, more holistic method of measuring it.

Intentionally designed to inspire reflection on the quality of the moment, The Present transforms any space into a place worth your time.

How does it feel?

The Present enables a richer experience of time that our customers describe beautifully.

Days feel gracefully recalibrated to a more natural tempo.

The present moment itself is given the context of the natural world.

There is a sense of comfort in the gentle rhythms all around us.

As our timepieces find their place in a home, so does a feeling of perspective and presence.

Read through over 150 testimonials to learn more.

Why does it matter?

It matters because how we relate to time ripples out to every aspect of our lives.

When we feel aligned with natural cycles, we feel more at ease. When we perceive time as abundant, we act from abundance.

The Present matters because our modern, hurried era leaves little room for reflection, and our devices distance us from nature's rhythms. These clocks gently recalibrate our place within the poetry of motion all around us.

Placed thoughtfully, these instruments remind us of time's eternal continuity, blending aesthetic and philosophical purpose effortlessly.

How and where is it made?

The Present springs to life through purposeful design, exceptional craftsmanship, and exquisite decade-long attention to detail. 

Every element of The Present is custom-made to stir the imagination and sync your days with natural cadences. We create singular objects that awaken meaning and resonate with the rhythms of life.

Our small studio in Vermont, hums with creative energy as we carefully assemble custom made components into timeless kinetic artworks.

How many do you have/make?

Since 2012, we’ve made and shipped over 7,700 timepieces to owners across 42 countries worldwide.

Each season, we create and sell a few hundred timepieces, averaging around one thousand a year.

What about returns?

If you live with The Present for a year and want to go back to seeing time in only one dimension, please pack it up carefully and send it back to our shop in Burlington, Vermont for a full refund.

If you decide to keep it and anything ever goes wrong with it, we can replace parts or exchange timepieces as needed, indefinitely.

Who makes The Present and why?

The Present is crafted by Scott Thrift, a media artist and designer dedicated to reshaping our perception of time.

Inspired by a desire to be more present, Thrift created a kinetic sculpture to align his life with the pace of nature and called it The Present. He made it as a way to experience a more holistic and meaningful experience of time.

The Present encourages a deeper connection to the pace of nature, and a shift from viewing time as a finite resource to appreciating it as a continuous flow, enriching our daily lives and broadening our perspective on life.

The Present was a bestseller at the MoMA Design Store?

Yes.

The Present was a bestseller from 2014-2018 at the MoMA Design Store.

Why is it no longer sold there?

We kept selling out and ran into supply chain issues which have now been remedied.

For the time being we have decided to focus on direct sales.

How do I contact you?

hello@thepresent.is