Cuckoo clocks can be inspired by contemporary decorative styles as well. These modern timekeepers are characterized by functional, schematic and minimalist aesthetics.
Although certain simplified designs with simple, clear lines had been produced in past decades, the real boom of seeing the cuckoo clock more as an object of design, where the creativity and talent of designers are freely expressed and where the only limit seems to be imagination, was initiated in Italy when Pascal Tarabay devised a model for the firm Diamantini & Domeniconi.
This was one of the first cuckoo clocks that helped start this hot trend back when it was launched in 2005. It presents the silhouette of the typical cuckoo clock with deer head but without any sort of three-dimensional woodwork, and has only a flat surface with a gap, from which the bird pops out.
One year later, Rombach und Haas became the first Black Forest clock manufacturer to introduce this new generation of timepieces in 2006, producing a model conceived by Tobias Reischle. Then in 2008, they started their own creations, thanks to the initiative of both Conny Haas and the company’s general manager Ingolf Haas.
There are a great variety of models, many of them avant-garde and adventurous creations made of different materials and geometric shapes, such as rhombuses, squares, cubes, circles, rectangles, ovals, etc. Without carving, these clocks are usually flat and smooth. Some are painted in a single colour while others are polychromes with abstract or figurative paintings, multicolour lines and stripes, others include text and phrases, etc. Some are quartz and some are mechanical.
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