Minimalist Perpetual Calendar Displays Designs that Could Last a Lifetime

Minimalist Perpetual Calendar Displays Designs that Could Last a Lifetime

Nava Design features artists who alter the way we visualize time

Simone Spilka
  • 18 july 2014

Eternal and time are two words we rarely associate simultaneously with our daily, monthly, annual schedules. Our Moleskines anchor our sanity into a more cohesive picture, but also show us exactly why we feel that sometimes there’s just not enough hours in a day.

Italian shop Nava Design has unveiled a sustainable solution to our perceived lack of time. In a collection of eternal calendars, designers imagined creative ways to keep track of our lives without having to recycle our calendars at the end of each year. Several designs are perpetual, no longer requiring an annual trade in for the upcoming year’s edition.

The minimalist structures allow users to manage their time more effectively, and alter the way in which people visualize time altogether. As technology evolved, our timeframe for looking at our lives in the bigger picture diminished. These endless calendars are designed to be used over and over again, while taking into consideration the deeper meaning of our lives beyond the day-to-day.

The Linear Calendarby designer Jeff Schwarting aims to visualize time in a way that is natural to our human perceptions, as a blank canvas that we individually envision. The 6-foot long display spreads out the entire year in a linear timeline we can see where our commitments fall relative to one another. The purpose is to offer a tool that looks at deadlines, celebrations, and birthdays spanned across the entire year, rather than in terms of months. The project was funded $25,704 of its $1,000 goal on Kickstarter.

Forebruary is a wall calendar with a movable frame that works with every year. Russian Designer Ilya Birman’s concept illustrates time as an endless and withstanding structure. The frame shifts to reflect the necessary month, with a red stripe to signify the weekend.


Significantly, Arina Pozdynak’s Perpetual Calendar removes dates and deadlines altogether. The artist uses calming imagery of nature to mark each month, creating a reusable calendar that encourages viewers to focus on living in the present. In this, users can look at the process of life rather than at the day-to-day tasks.


These aesthetically pleasing designs capture unique ways of looking at time, but importantly remind us to take a step back from the chaos of our busy schedules. Eternal time exists if you desire it.


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