RIC BELL HAS an old notebook from 2012. Inside, among other scribbles and to-do lists, is a note he penned to himself: “Post a calendar on a 12-sided shape.”
Bell, a designer who runs the London studio Post, doesn’t remember why or how the idea occurred to him, only that he felt moved to, somehow, create a three-dimensional desktop calendar. Now he has: the DodeCal is a dodecahedron-shaped, Scandinavian-looking calendar made out of sycamore wood. It costs $96 (£79), and comes in a limited run of 100, for the year 2017.
DodeCal costs considerably more than a standard calendar in part because of the mental and physical labor that went into its creation. A regular dodecahedron has twelve equal pentagonal faces. This lends it a nice, uniform shape. But a calendar month, which follows a rectangular layout, would fit awkwardly on a five-sided face. So Bell opted to engrave his calendar on a rhombic-dodecahedron, which comprises 12 four-sided, diamond-shaped faces. “It is such a complicated shape,” Bell says of the final, tilted arrangement.