Monday, December 26, 2011

New Year's "Be On Time" Resolution Help: Cool Alarm Clocks

poster: My alarm has a purr function
Poster from Oh, Dear Molly, via moderncat

Get a better alarm clock. By now, we all use the alarm clock on our phones to wake us up. But I’ve got a backup, as well. It’s a $15 Sony alarm clock, and it sits across the room. When it goes off, I have to get up to shut it. You know what that means? It means I’m up. — Peter Shankman, Eight Ideas for the Next Seven Days

Well, I'm writing this on Dec. 26, and we're now down to only six more days in 2011. But if you'd like to follow Peter's suggestion — and you don't want to rely on the cats — I've got some alarm clocks you might consider, other than Peter's Sony.

red alarm clock

Punkt takes Peter's point a bit further, saying, "Why have your cell phone lying on your bedside table, when you can be woken up by a superb design object like the AC 01?" And it certainly is a great-looking clock, available in black, white and red. Some of the many places you can buy it are Design Public, A+R Store and The Lollipop Shoppe. Update on Aug. 11, 2012: The Lollipop Shoppe no longer carries this product.

alarm clock with color of Japan's flag

If you want the limited edition Punkt. for Japan clock — only 500 were made — I'm still seeing one here. "100% of the profits from the sale of the special edition clock will go to rebuild family homes and play areas in Maeami, a fishing village in the Tōhoku region which was swept away by the tsunami. The project is supported by ‘Architecture for Humanity,’ a non-profit design services firm founded in 1999." [via Switched On Set]

red alarm clock, designed to look like a pocket watch

Newgate has a bunch of alarm clocks to choose from; this one is called the Regulator, and it comes in four different colors. [via Retro To Go] Update on Aug. 11, 2012: Note that Newgate itself does not ship outside the U.K. However, you can find many other sites selling this clock.

Big Ben traditional-looking alarm clock, ivory

Another traditional alarm clock is this Big Ben clock sold by L.L.Bean. Customers rave about how quiet it is.

red Big Ben travel alarm clock

There's also a smaller, folding Big Ben clock, which can serve as a travel alarm.

alarm clock in wood casing

This wooden block alarm clock, from the Japanese company Lemnos, is a MoMA exclusive.

Tiffany travel alarm, in Tiffany blue case

Tiffany sells a number of alarm clocks, but this travel alarm is the only one using the Tiffany blue. [via Furniture Fashion]

Lego Yoda alarm clock

And finally, while it doesn't have the elegant design (and easy-to-read clock face) of the other alarm clocks shown here, I couldn't resist showing you the Lego Star Wars Yoda Minifigure Clock.

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