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Knowing what time it is—always

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Do you guys have clocks in your homes? Because I don’t anymore. Not one.  If I wake up in the middle of the night wondering how late it is, I need glance no further than the cable box. In the morning, my iPhone’s alarm wakes me, and throughout the rest of my apartment, I need never wonder the hour for long, because any number of gadgets artlessly blare it. I no longer tell time by looking at clocks, and that is too bad, because clocks can bring such excellent little moments of good design into our lives, and that’s something to preserve, no? This classic Nelson clock is so brilliantly early-space-program (maybe only in my mind though; it was designed much earlier) that I can practically taste 1964 when I look at it. For a less splurgy version, here’s a quite similar take for just $40.


Half trippy, half classic, and, from the looks of it, totally useful as a paperweight, too.

Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 1.15.43 PMThis one is sort of like the periscope of the most orangey-orange submarine ever.

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From Tivoli Audio, who make the best-looking stereo equipment: a super-handsome clock radio of the seriously old school.

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Posted on April 16th, 2013 4 Comments

4 Responses

  1. A Sunny Day in LA says:

    These kind of clocks might be lost on the younger generation…I met an 18 year old girl who didn’t know how to tell time from a clock face, as there’d always been a digital version nearby.

  2. Achariya says:

    I hate to say it, but I gave up wearing watches because I had a smartphone. Now I feel sheepish.

  3. Kim | says:

    I love my Tivolis. I have one in the kitchen and one in my office.

  4. Audrey says:

    These are cute but my poor eyesight requires a digital clock. I have one of those Sony dream station clocks next to my bed, which is huge, but is all I can read at 2 a.m. I otherwise rely on my microwave, oven, DVR, and cordless phones (daylight savings time is SO much fun at my place).

    I gave up wearing a watch many years ago. Not so much because of the many other gadgets that can tell you the time but because I was getting too obsessive over being late/early. But recently I’ve been thinking about getting a classic, vintage (non-digital) watch.