Written by Katie on January 21, 2011. Permalink
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Better Living Through Design ™ — Your Design Guide to Home & Style.
Written by Katie on January 21, 2011. Permalink
Written by Katie on January 7, 2011. Permalink
If you’re not lucky enough to wake up to the sound of real birds chirping, you can get this alarm clock that features a chirping or beeping sound. There’s also a talking function in English and Japanese if you prefer to be told to get up and out of bed. Use the included stand for your bedside table or, if you prefer, hang it on the wall. Includes a calendar and snooze feature.
Purchase Information:Price: $40.00
Written by Simon on January 4, 2011. Permalink
Montreal-based Furni has updated their incredibly popular Alba alarm clock. Now known as the Alba Me (for Media Edition), it now features an 1/8” auxiliary input, ten stage dimmable display, larger LED display, and contrasting silicone buttons and non-skid base. Furni does product evolution justice by adding just the right amount of upgrades and improvements without compromising the spirit of the original. Can’t wait to see the next version.
Written by Katie on December 3, 2010. Permalink
Well, look at this. Back in 2007 when we first posted this clock it was around $80, and now, surprisingly, it costs half of what it once did. How often does that happen? I actually bought this clock for my own home (pictured here) and I still love it.
Update: Kikkerland is now producing the clock and selling it globally, hence the reduced price (it used to be handmade in Vermont). You can read a short interview with Rob Price of Thwart Design over at the Kikkerland Blog.
Purchase Information:Price: $39.95
Written by Katie on November 17, 2010. Permalink
Less is sometimes more. These classic clocks by Swiss industrial designer Max Bill were designed in 1957 and are, quite frankly, timeless. Perfectly proportioned and firmly in the ‘minimal’ category, these clocks tell the time with a quartz clock battery-operated (single AA battery) movement.
Purchase Information:Price: $380.00
Written by Simon on November 2, 2010. Permalink
Modern clocks come in pretty much any shape and size imaginable. These Time Paper clocks depart from the shape of traditional cases in favor of a flattened poster. Stating at $63, they’re a bit pricey for what they are, but hey, how hard could this be to make? Any Japanese readers out there feel free to chime in on some of the product details, I’m not going to trust Google Translate on this one.
Written by Katie on October 27, 2010. Permalink
These clocks from Diamantini and Domeniconi are made from large, thin aluminium sheets in bold colors. They’re spectacular in a group (as shown above and below), and would create a great focal point for a large wall that needs some oomph. All that said, the different prices from various retailers have my head spinning. I’ve included a few links (below pics) that you might want to reference before purchasing.
Purchase Information:Price: $230.00
Written by Katie on October 20, 2010. Permalink
Cool, you can make your own sundial through this website. With the help of Google maps, you enter in a location and pick a wall of whichever building you’ll hang the sundial on, then simply print out, fold, and hang your custom sundial. It’s free, so there’s no harm in seeing how well it works.
More information:View Print-and-fold Vertical Sundial Generator here
Written by Katie on October 19, 2010. Permalink
Written by Katie on October 1, 2010. Permalink
Written by Katie on September 23, 2010. Permalink
Yes, it’s a clap-on-clap-off clock. And you thought that particular technology had fallen by the wayside… not so! The LED responds to any sound, so whether you clap or make some other loud noise, the display will be activated. There’s an alarm feature as well, if you need it.
Available in dark and light wood veneer.
Clap your hands to make RED LED time appear.
Purchase Information:Price: $29.99
Written by Katie on September 14, 2010. Permalink
If you’ve got $1,275 to spend, listen up. Dutch designer Maarten Baas‘ Real Time exhibition in Milan this past April is now on Blu-Ray*. That’s right, you can now own a 12 hour long movie in which a performer acts out the motion of a digital clock by painting over and wiping off panels of a glass screen.
Purchase Information:Price: $1,275.00
Written by Simon on August 23, 2010. Permalink
It was impossible not be charmed by the To:Ca Wood Clock when it was first introduced in 2002. After a few years and many many imitations later, designer Kouji Iwasaki has come up with the most obvious solution to refresh the design of the clock: make it available in different sizes. The Mini, as it sounds, measures at 6 inches wide, while the 10 Digit model expands to 15 inches. The extended width makes room for a calendar, a new feature for the series. It’s also the first model to feature an alarm clock, which of course is an improvement, though you need to have a large enough bedside table that can accomodate it. The 10 Digit sells for $240 and the Mini at $120. I’ve only seen it available at a Japanese retailer, so if you see it anywhere else for sale please chime in below in the comments section.
Written by Katie on August 16, 2010. Permalink
Written by Simon on August 6, 2010. Permalink
If you’re looking for a clock that’s equally vintage, modern, and pure geekery, look no further than the Chronotronix V400 Nixie Clock. Nixie tubes are electronic tubes that contain bent cathodes that glow, kind of like neon. They were used for displaying all kinds of information in electronic equipment but have long been replaced by the modern LCD display, but that didn’t stop the folks at NixieClock from creating this incredible desktop clock. Six nixie tubes are planted in a cherry wood frame and finished wita h black anodized aluminum surface, chosen specifically to reflect the glowing numbers. These are made in very limited quantities, so act quick if you want one.
No longer available.