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Time for a titanic clock

Posted by: Lynn Underwood under Design + Architecture, Decoration and design, Home Furnishing Updated: January 26, 2012 - 1:45 PM

I’ve always had a thing for clocks. Now I can really indulge my fetish.

Big, bold oversized wall clocks are adding timely drama to big empty spaces. I’ve seen their stylish faces in magazines, home decor stores and recently in a friend’s family room. They’re at  Pier One, Target and the new CB2.

So I’m on the hunt for a 50-inch colossal clock to hang over my sofa.  It’s about time to replace that Greek fishing village print. Standard wall clocks are typically less than 20 inches in size. Some of these super-sized beauties are as big as a patio tabletop — up to 60 inches in diameter. And a clock’s curvy shape looks striking against a square wall.

I’m still trying to nail down the look I want —  vintage, antique, schoolhouse, Euro, retro, sunburst or floating rings. There’s

also endless finishes — rusty metal, distressed wood, antiqued and bronzed. Do I want my clock to resemble a jumbo pocketwatch or a knock-off of the George Nelson atomic ball? Should the hands tick across classy Roman or elementary Arabic numerals?

 A big clock will keep me on schedule and taunt me when I’m late. You’ve heard designers harp on creating a focal point in every room. A ginormous clock the size of a Buick (apologies to Woody Allen) will do the trick. Plus the face is a lot easier to read for those of us with aging eyes.

Do you like the latest over-sized clocks — or are they over-the-top?

 

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