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things i love: elm log alarm clock + pairings

by Grace Bonney

it may be hot outside, but i’m still drawn to things that feel like they should belong to a hunky lumberjack- like this beautiful wooden alarm clock from natalie duckett. a graduating student from the university of dundee, natalie recently designed an alarm clock from an elm log with gorgeous contrasting brass components. the alarm sound is not a modern electronic buzz, but rather a mechanical imitation of a wood pecker drumming against a tree. the user can place the clock next to any surface they like so the ‘woodpecker’s beak’ will drum against it. the sound is a teensy bit loud for my taste, but i’m hoping that perhaps natalie will come up with a slightly slower or more delicate version- or perhaps you could just place it up against something softer so the sound is gently muffled.

[images above: the “woodpecker beak” (top) and the dial to set your alarm times]

but what i love most about this clock is not that it wakes you up in the morning, but that it has a second alarm that goes off at night. why? to remind you about creating a healthy sleep cycle: when to rise and when to call it quits. i feel like i’m constantly on the hunt for my ideal sleeping situation (my dream? 30 minutes of hulu and a glass of cucumber water followed by a solid 9 hours) so something like this, while not traditional in the realm of alarm clocks, is a really fantastic idea. click here for more information on natalie’s design and to see a prototype in action. i’m hoping we’ll see this in stores soon (i could totally see droog picking this up to manufacture). i’d really love to pick up a small version of this to keep by my window- it’s the closest thing to nature i’m going to get on my block.

because i enjoy accessorizing things in my head, i thought i’d pick out a few window-shopping finds to go with this alarm clock’s summer cabin feel. top of my list would be: glacier national park blanket $160+, gold log ring $1650, strawberry sachet set $18, gingham print soap (fig & pear scent) $6, cabins: the new style (book) $14, bentwood oak chair $228.

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