15 best wall clocks

Be prepared to fall back with an eye-catching timepiece

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A timepiece doesn’t have to be just functional, it can also be a conversation-starting feature on a wall.

Here, we’ve found a range of design-led clocks by both established names in the interiors world, high street gems and up-and-coming designers. 

1. Vitra George Nelson Eye Clock: £285, johnlewis.com 

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Vitra’s known for re-issuing pieces created by big names in interior design history, including American George Nelson who created this eye-catching (sorry) clock in 1957. Made from walnut and brass and at almost three-quarters of a metre long, it’s a stand-out piece. 

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2. Modern Brushed Copper Case Clock: £44.50, rogerlascelles.com

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London-based Lascelles has been designing clocks for over 25 years and is better known for its vintage-inspired pieces. But this striking, pared-down one in a copper case, the material of the moment in the homeware world, caught our attention. It’s 23cm in diameter. 

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3. Byshop Primary Half Clock: £65, heals.co.uk 

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We like the simplicity of this timber clock by British designer David Weatherhead. It can be hung at three angles, depending on where you want the screen-printed colour and it comes in black, grey, turquoise and this poppy red. 

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4. Sabrina Fossi Freakish Clock: £57.80, clippings.com

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Here’s a new way to clock-watch. Instead of a standard hour hand, this minimalist Italian-made design crafted from plastic has a window to see the number on the clock-face beneath. Choose from seven plain colours and one spotted design.

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5. Diamantini & Domeniconi Meridiana Cucù Clock: £175, johnlewis.com

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Italian design brand Diamantini & Domeniconi has nailed a modern take on a cuckoo clock. This wooden one has the traditional mechanism, but it’s controlled by a light sensor so it switches off at night. With five different coloured casings to choose from, there will be one that works for your room. 

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6. Normann Copenhagen Watch Me (28.5cm): £35, houseology.com 

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You won’t forget to turn the clocks back if you have this show-stopper on your wall. By Danish design house Normann, it’s made from steel and comes in four different colour combos. 

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7. Spectrum: £28, habitat.co.uk

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If you’re after a striking, contemporary-looking piece but without the price tag that can come with designer interiors, try Habitat. The Spectrum is one of its stand-out clock designs and as well as the multicoloured version, it’s now available in versatile walnut.

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8. Newgate Brixton Wall Clock: £85.20, amara.com 

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I’ve got a Newgate clock in my kitchen and I don’t think you can beat the brand for quality combined with stylish design. The chunky Brixton (it’s 11cm deep) has retro appeal but wouldn’t look out of place in an ultra-modern setting. This 40cm one comes in chrome or black casing.   

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9. Koziol Pi:p Plum Wall Clock: £29.90, redcandy.co.uk

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At 45cm diameter, this deep purple clock featuring woodland characters and over-sized numbers makes a bit of a statement. By the German design house known for its playful, functional pieces, it’s made of plastic and comes in a range of colours - we think will add a bit of fun to a large space. 

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10. Jenny Walsh Wooden Wall Clock: £44.40, etsy.com

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Irish designer Jenny Walsh’s intricate, handmade cherrywood clocks caught our eye. Her designs are inspired by patterns she sees on her travels, as well as at home in her native Dublin where pieces are made to order in her studio. This geometric one is 25.5cm diameter, but there are smaller designs if you have a bijou space. 

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11. Sprallis wall clock: £10, ikea.com/gb

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This bargain of a wall clock from IKEA has a stretched fabric face, allowing the hour markers underneath to define its form. The soft gradient, and bright colour combination of orange and white, are meant to bring a feeling of warm sunshine into the home.

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12. Alu wall clock in verdigris: £65, conranshop.co.uk

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This industrial-style pressed aluminium clock was first designed in 1979 by Jochen Gros but took on a new lease of life in 2012 when Alexander Seifried gave it a colour update and some contrasting hands. Now in neon orange, verdigris and peach pastel, you can expect to see this popular number around for a while.

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13. Umbra Ribbonwood wall clock: £60, black-by-design.co.uk

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Looped strips of birch wood act as elegant hour markers on this sculptural wall clock by Umbra. Designer Michelle Ivankovic’s wish was to create something timeless and sophisticated inspired by the material and art of natural wood bending.

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14. Steel wall clock by Menu: £70, heals.com

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The striking colour does all the talking for this super-minimal wall clock designed by Norm Architects for Danish brand Menu. Two slim hands in powder-coated steel blend into a background surface of matching colour: the hands’ well-defined edges help keep the piece readable. 

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15. Karlsson Lace Cut Out wall clock: £34, houseology.com

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If your style is contemporary but you love vintage and traditional pieces too, Karlsson’s delicate wall clock is a happy marriage of the two. The glass face is decorated with a lace pattern that’s unfussy but still delicate and romantic, and the edges have been subtly shaped to follow fabric’s edge.

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Verdict

For a bargain, Ikea’s £10 clock is a bit of a triumph, and the orange hues will add warmth to a room. If it’s something more retro-looking that you’re after, try Newgate. Anyone after a design classic would do well to invest in George Nelson’s eye clock or Jochen Gros’s Alu.

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