MoMA Perpetual Calendar

The Museum of Modern Art’s Perpetual Calendar is a clever use of magnets. One magnetic ball, which marks the current month along a semicircle curve, hangs suspended in the air by a tether and can be moved to the next month at will. The other ball, marking the days, slides along a flat path.

Both of the balls have to be moved manually, but there’s a certain pleasure in having each one snap to the next position as you move it. The calendar can be wall-mounted or placed on a flat surface, whichever you prefer.

This video shows it in action:

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