LumRustic Living Room, San Francisco
Photos Courtesy of Sharon Risedorph and Arrowood Photography
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Once again notice how wall color can bring life and interest to a collection. This group of clocks is arrayed on one surface, with that fabulous color behind them, rather than being spread across the room. This approach creates great impact and avoids a cluttered feel.
Furniture surfaces. Any unused furniture surface could work for your collection. This chest features an assortment of old alarm clocks. The larger ones are towards the back so they don't block the smaller ones. Notice that this collector sneaked in a few black figurines that tie into the art work above.
My husband has a thing for old clock and watch parts, so, by proxy, I also think they're neat. Clocks don't always have to be functional; small antique clocks displayed together quickly morph into an impromptu mantle vignette.
"I don't like things that are highly decorative," Lum says. "I like things that are highly mechanical." He displays his collection of old clocks (most of which don't function) atop a Ming Dynasty cabinet from the 1500s. "In Chinese culture, looking at nonworking clocks is considered very bad luck; I don't believe in that," he notes. The artwork above is a collage by Dennis McNulty.