Going cuckoo for clocks

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Are cuckoo clocks about to knock Babushka dolls off the number one spot as our favourite folk art? I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of this sweet traditional German timepiece featuring in interiors over the coming seasons.

Cuckoo clocks are thought to have originated in the German Black Forest region around 1740. Since that time they have gone in and out of fashion, however the chalet style of the clocks and the cuckoo bird that announces the hour have remained the same.

For a modern take on the cuckoo clock, check out the hand-printed clock from Lapin and Me. Printed in a delicate shade of pink, the clock has all the details of a traditional cuckoo clock – without the chimes!

Alternatively, the Anne-Claire Petit hand crocheted cuckoo clock from Kids Love Design would make a sweet addition to the nursery wall. The clock is available in bright multi-coloured stripes or pale grey.

For those that welcome birdsong on the hour, you may want to check out the range at Koo-Koo Clocks. Each clock features twelve different birds that sing on the hour. Although the collection includes three different bird clocks (naturally cuckoos are in the mix), the pick of the bunch for kids is undoubtedly the farmyard or zoo clock. Don’t worry about being woken in the night to neighs or roars – the clocks feature a light sensor to put the animals to sleep at night and to wake them again in the morning.

Lapin and Me‘s hand-printed clock is £22 and the Kids Love Design crocheted clock is €71. Both clocks can be shipped to Australia. The Koo-Koo clocks range from $79.50 to $119.50 and are available at Koo-Koo Clocks Australia.

(Koo-Koo clocks via Baroque Babies.)

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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