With a digital timekeeper in everyone’s pocket these days, analog clocks might seem inherently old-fashioned. But some clocks are far too stylish to be replaced by an iPhone. Here’s where to find a retro clock to adorn your home in timeless beauty.
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Starburst and Asterisk Retro Clocks
After Eric and I moved into our mid-century ranch, we started searching for a George Nelson starburst clock for the office. We saw a couple of antiques that we probably should have snatched up, but we ultimately chose a reproduction. Six years later this sunburst cutie is still ticking.
If you’re looking for an authentic mid-century modern clock, you can take your pick from George Nelson’s original designs still in production at Herman Miller. They’re as stunning as they are pricey.
Luckily there are lots of attractive reproductions for MCM enthusiasts on a budget. This colorful starburst comes in different sizes to scale to any room. The ball clock and asterisk are retro cool with several color options available on Amazon.
Who Was George Nelson? George Nelson was a modernist designer who worked as the director of design at Herman Miller from 1947 to 1972. He and his team created iconic mid-century pieces like the bubble lamp, the marshmallow sofa and the ball clock.
I don’t have a ball clock, but I was lucky to find a Nelson-inspired option for a bargain at a home decor store. Keep your eyes peeled for mid-century finds offline, too.
Classic and Curvy Retro Clocks
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional (maybe even with numbers), consider these clocks by Newgate and Jones. With clean lines, modern fonts and alluring curves, they strike a balance between retro and readable.
Wouldn’t one of these be perfect in a 1960s den surrounded by books and whiskey?
Cute and Kitschy Retro Clocks
Maybe you want to make a statement with an eye-catching retro clock. This aluminum frame option would be right at home in a 1950s kitchen, and it comes in several sizes and colors to match your decor.
Naturally we weren’t getting out of this article without discussing the Kit Cat Klock. My grandma Alice gave me this clock decades ago, and I’ll never get tired of the design. This is the king of retro clocks.
To the joy of cat fans everywhere, Kit Cats are still being made today. Even better, there’s also a Miss Kitty Cat Klock wearing pearls and eyelashes, so now the question is, do I need it in pink or turquoise?
For even more retro clocks, you might want to take a look at Etsy. They occasionally have one-of-a-kind antiques and new clocks packed with mid-mod vibes.