Has the clock’s time passed? Nowadays you might be hard pressed to find a clock in most homes, but that wasn’t always the case. If you were born before the year 2000, you are probably still traumatized by the various noises emerging from the grandfather clock in your childhood home. I can still recall the loud chimes that indicated that the clock had struck 12 noon.
We have come a long way since the only means of telling time was through astronomical measures such as sundials, hourglasses and water clocks. In fact, the history of mechanical clocks dates back to the 1000s, with various improvements being made throughout the centuries. In the mid-1600s, the pendulum clock was patented by Christiaan Huygen, but the concept of the swinging bob is sometimes attributed to Galileo. Huygen introduced the world to the mathematical formula that led to the creation of likely the most popular clock of all time, the grandfather clock.
Although the grandfather clock usually now only makes an appearance as a family heirloom or as an antique, it remained a popular accessory in homes for over 300 years. With the introduction of hand-worn timepieces, electronic display clocks, computers and cell phones, people have naturally gotten away from using analog clocks in their homes.
Given all of this information, there is something very nostalgic about featuring an analog clock or hourglass in your home. These “antiquated” time measuring devices have truly become an ode to the past. In celebration of the clock, I pulled together a few spaces that show this object in all its glory.
Designer Tara Shaw shows us how to mix old and new in this beautiful breakfast space. She also features a curvy distressed pendulum clock that looks right at home in this room.
The clock isn’t going anywhere if this space has something to say about it. This simple wall clock fits right in with the relaxed decor in this stunning space.
Even commercial spaces understand the power of the clock. The Waldorf Astoria puts the grandfather clock front and center in the lobby of its Jerusalem location. I don’t know about you, but I cannot help but stare at this monumental accessory.
This outdoor space is proof that the clock can play double duty indoors and outdoors. Placing this wall clock right above the fireplace makes it even more of a wow factor.
As far as I can tell, the clock isn’t going anywhere. Whether it’s a small clock on a gallery wall or an over-sized clock in an entryway, designers continue to pay tribute to this wonderful accessory.