Many of us use our phones to get out of bed, but there's something to be said for traditional alarm clocks. They're reliable, they have just one job (unlike your phone), and they make for stylish accents on a bedside table. See the 13 we wouldn't mind waking up to!
The early bird catches the worm, but he also wakes mama up way too soon! Once tots have graduated out of their cribs, negotiating with them to stay in bed until a reasonable hour can seem as difficult as the Middle East peace talks. When begging and pleading aren't working, turn to some fun clocks designed to teach them a proper waking hour. These seven clocks will get the job done, and give mom some much needed shut-eye.
You may not expect clocks made of concrete to feature intricate, lace-like designs, but that's the idea behind Para Clocks, the stylish pieces made by LeeLABStudio. Handcrafted at the founders' Brooklyn, NY, shop, the striking clocks offer a surprisingly delicate take on concrete and a unique perspective on design.
Lindsey Lee founded the design and fabrication studio with her husband, Brian, and his brother, John. After successfully raising funds through their Para Clocks Project Kickstarter campaign, the trio applied their backgrounds in architecture to the design of beautiful clocks that are now sold at a variety of retailers, including Anthropologie. We spoke with Lindsey about the family dynamic of their workspace, the creation process, Kickstarter, and more, so read on for our full interview with Lindsey Lee!
Did anyone else have a hard time making it to work on time this morning? That time change on Sunday has thrown me for a loop, as have the darker mornings. To combat the effect of the leap forward, I recommend an earlier bedtime and an effective alarm clock. Since so many of us are simply using our smartphones for an alarm clock these days, I can't recommend adding another one to your home. Instead, add a wall clock to your home. Wall clocks are practical, free up valuable tabletop or cabinet space, and can also fit into a gallery wall arrangement thanks to their pleasing design. I've rounded up a mix of contemporary and vintage clocks to satisfy your need to handsomely keep track of time.
My current favorite is the cluster of Vintage Russian Wall Clocks ($650 for three, middle row, center). I love the idea of adding them to a kitchen wall and surrounding them with a few more international clock models (such as this colorful German one for a clock-themed wall art arrangement).
For a very affordable and handsome clock, the Opal Wall Clock ($50) in natural wood will blend in nicely in a variety of different decorating arrangements.
The Navy Wall Clock ($950, top row, middle) is from 1940 and would fit in perfectly in a modern bachelor pad. Can't you imagine how perfect it would look hung on a brick wall in a loft apartment? Its extended profile will make it a showstopper piece, and the clock's military background will add a masculine element to any home.
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In the 17th century, Europe was going through a mini-ice age. Temperatures were so low that milk would freeze in the pail between trips to the barn and the house, causing many villagers to think of alternative ways to earn a living. The art of clock making caught on, and people began to create elaborate clocks in their homes during the long, harsh Winters. Clock makers in Germany's Black Forest were known for their skills, peddling the clocks around Europe during the Spring and eventually creating the famous cuckoo clocks we know today.
The popularity of these clocks soared from the 1800s until the 1920s, reflecting whatever style was in vogue, from baroque to art nouveau. Cuckoo clocks became a staple piece for every European bourgeois living room. Today, this iconic design is hotter than ever with ultra-clean versions that only reference the silhouette. Our pick? Unica Home's white, modern masterpiece pictured above.
Truth be told, I rarely look at a clock in my own home; my iPhone is always by my side. So, if I'm going to have a time-telling device in my home, it better be worthy of display. To that end, I've rounded up six glamorous clocks that are as chic and show stopping as they are functional. Come take a look!
I've always had a complicated relationship with daylight savings time — especially the springing forward part. While I love that it gives me extra daylight time to spend outdoors at the end of my workday, I absolutely hate how dark and dreary my home is in the morning during those first few weeks after we change the clocks. What about you? Are you unaffected by waking up to a dark house? Or are you displeased by it as well?
This multitasking clock displays the time, date, and temperature on a series of moving LEDs. But that's not all. It also displays Twitter messages or emails on its "screen" simply by plugging it into an Ethernet port.
This would be a fun and geeky desk accessory for someone who's stuck inside an office all day, but is it for sale yet?