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Tick ... Tick ... Tick

Apr 30, 2015 02:10PM ● By David Williams
This article originally appeared in the 2015 April/May edition of Omaha Home.

It has been said that time waits for no man, and we, being of precious little patience, couldn’t wait to introduce you to some of our favorite timepieces. Check out this decidedly eclectic mix available from area merchants.

Mid-Century Classic George Nelson’s industrial designs put him at the vanguard of American Modernism. His famous Ball Clock, a timeless starburst pattern available in multiple colors, is just one of the reasons we’ll forgive Nelson for also being behind another groundbreaking design—the Dilbert-esque office cubicle. Gadgeteer • $335

Prairie Power Gustave Stickley was the preeminent proponent of the American Craftsman movement. Barbara Streisand once paid $363,000 for a Stickley sideboard (and that was in 1988 dollars), but you can appreciate the clean lines of this solid oak Prairie Style gem without breaking the bank. Allens Home • $280

Kitsch Klassic The Kit-Cat Clock was introduced at the height of the Great Depression in 1932, a time when people had little to smile about. With its trademark wagging tail, oscillating eyes, and Cheshire grin, this kitsch klassic offered some much-needed levity…and still delivers an infectious smile over 80 years later. • $49.99

The Art of Time Salvador Dali’s trippy The Persistence of Memory presented a mind-bending landscape dotted with a trio of melting clocks. Inspired by the surrealist’s take on the illusory nature of time, this artsy clock is formed in a way that allows it to wilt away on it’s perch along any shelf edge. The Afternoon • $19.95

Gee Wally, That’s Swell! Isn’t this the same clock that hung in June Cleaver’s kitchen back when TV offered a robust selection of three (Three!) channels in glorious black-and-white during the “I Like Ike” era of Leave It to Beaver? This fun piece from Kikkerland will add oomph to any playful kitchen, retro or otherwise. City Limits • $13.99

Minimal Magic Created by Gideon Dagan for the Museum of Modern Art Collection, this minimalist design features a gravity-defying mechanism. A red ball effortlessly orbits the clock’s circumference, seemingly under its own power, in this mesmerizing example of magnetic magic. The Afternoon • $65

Pretty in Pink She may be known mostly for her vibrant, oh-so-chic handbags and other accessories, but take a look at this smart little bauble from Kate Spade. Perfect for a night table or dresser, an enamel surround in Spade’s signature pink accents the nickel-plated housing of this Lenox clock. Borsheims • $50

Bavarian Beauty A cottage industry army of pieceworkers scattered across Bohemia contribute the intricately hand-carved individual elements that come together in this amazing example of German craftsmanship. A kinetically bombastic performance awaits each and every hour on the hour! Chimes & Times • $595


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