We’ve got a serious clock crush.
Our obsession with the elegant and sexy clock known as the Mora clock has been stewing for several years. But it took a trip to an antiques market in the south of France – and finding two beauties we just couldn’t resist – before we made it official by signing on the dotted line and plunking down our euros.
A little history: So what exactly is a Mora clock? They’re probably most recognizable as “Swedish” clocks, painted in gorgeous pale blues, creams or just left in their natural pine state. They actually originated in the district of Mora in central Sweden where, back in the in the late 1700s, there was a flourishing cottage clock industry that supplemented the rather poor agricultural business. Each family or clock maker would create one of the parts needed for the clock and then the parts were assembled in a specially designed case. Many of their faces are marked “A A S Mora” – the initials of Krang Anders Andersson who is known as the first Mora clock maker.*
French-inspired: The early styles of the clocks were inspired by English clock design (straight lines and square dials) but as time went by and the clock business thrived, inspiration came from the French and the clocks became recognizable by their charming rounded heads, rounded middles and white faces with black numbers (of course, soooo French!)
They eventually went out of fashion (and production slowed down due to mechanization and copy-catting) but today they’re quite rare and very desirable. It’s easy to see why they’re so hot: their sexy little figures and elegant faces – not to mention their gorgeous pale shades of white, cream, blue and gray – make them perfect crusty accruements to today’s clean and pared down interiors.
No two peas in a pod: We love the fact that each one is different so when it came time to commit, we did what we do when we’re choosing art: we went with the two that made our hearts race. We were drawn to their pretty color, their quirky figures and their cute rounded heads.
And when they landed at Huff Harrington Home several months later, we jumped up and down with delight. Our two Mora clocks add great style especially when they’re paired with something modern and clean.
You had us at “god dag” (hello): So, we just can’t get enough of Mora clocks. Our two babies are at the store, making us happy every day – in fact, we’re thinking we might need to plan a trip to Sweden just to track down more Moras (and for Meg, a trip down memory lane as many early years were spent in beautiful Stockholm.)
Come by and take a look and get hooked on Swedish Mora clocks – just like we are.
*from Wikipedia and moraclocks.com