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Modern Cuckoo Clocks

Iconic Design: The Cuckoo Clock


In the 17th century, Europe was going through a mini-ice age. Temperatures were so low that milk would freeze in the pail between trips to the barn and the house, causing many villagers to think of alternative ways to earn a living. The art of clock making caught on, and people began to create elaborate clocks in their homes during the long, harsh Winters. Clock makers in Germany's Black Forest were known for their skills, peddling the clocks around Europe during the Spring and eventually creating the famous cuckoo clocks we know today.

The popularity of these clocks soared from the 1800s until the 1920s, reflecting whatever style was in vogue, from baroque to art nouveau. Cuckoo clocks became a staple piece for every European bourgeois living room. Today, this iconic design is hotter than ever with ultra-clean versions that only reference the silhouette. Our pick? Unica Home's white, modern masterpiece pictured above.

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