One of my best friends had a cuckoo clock growing up, and I just thought it was the coolest thing ever. But as an adult, I've never been into the whole German-kitsch look, so I was never particularly interested in bringing a cuckoo clock into my life.
But right now, it seems, everyone wants to put a cute, modern spin on the iconic design. Combining surprising colors and materials with the traditional cuckoo clock silhouette, these products would add a playful touch to your decor. Here are a few finds to suit three difference price points.
Good: Who'd have thought that the discount-store behemoth could create such a stylish clock? This Wal-Mart Retro Cuckoo Clock ($14.88) has lacy detailing that echoes older designs, but it doesn't have a cuckoo sound.
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Better: Offering more traditional design cues, the Urban Outfitters Starlight Cuckoo Clock ($48) has a modern silver gleam and features images of pine cones, woodland creatures, and a pop-out bird.
Best: The Diamantini Domeniconi Cuckoo Clock by Pascal Tarabay ($278) is the smartest of the bunch. You can opt for a soft, subtle cuckoo or a louder tone, and the bird quiets down at night using a light sensor. It's available in orange, white, black, stainless steel, and light blue.