Thursday, August 19, 2010

Swedish Mora Clocks

Mora clocks have taken the design world by storm, posing the question: Is it possible to have a true swedish, french, or belgian interior without the grace of the Mora longcase clock? Many say no, and Ms. CDVG agrees. Let's go ahead and get the title of my dear bloggy blog out of the way. Yes, I borrowed my name from the collective bloggy diva society of Joni Webb - Cote de Texas, Brooke Giannetti - Velvet & Linen, and Christina Fluegge - Greige. And who could blame me really? Back to Mora clocks and a little 'Lessa' bout me. A little humor never hurt anyone.

Mora clocks were made in Mora, Sweden - get it? Mora - Mora. Good. Here's a picture of picturesque Mora, Sweden for you kiddies to ooo and ahh over.


Beautiful and serene, with graceful hills and mounding plantings it's very easy to see how Krång Anders Andersson (1727-1799) the first known clock maker in the region, and those who borrowed his technique, artistry, and skill were influenced by the area.  As they became more and more popular, it became a source of wealth for the region - but eventually they were usurped by cheaper, less complicated mechanics.
In recent years, the reproductions of mora clocks have saturated the market, making the search for true 18th century antiques like finding a needle in a haystack. And many of the reproductions are so good, in fact, that it's hard to know when you're buying a true antique.

Brooke Giannetti, blog superstar, has a mora clock in her foyer.

Joni Webb , designer, and blog SUPER UBER superstar (I'm not jealous) has a mora clock on the landing of her staircase, under a french styled lantern. I'm sure it looks very nice against her newly painted greige walls.




Traditionally, Mora clocks are used in dining spaces. And their graceful lines lend them to both formal and informal applications - known as Swedish Country interior spaces. Soft woods like Pine, painted or washed and then paired with darker hard woods like walnut. Soft colors like cream, pearl, and greige paired with washed woods in soft blues, greens, and taupes all make for Swedish inspired living.
Designers of movie sets, homes, and businesses, boats, sitcom sets and shop owners all seem to have a mora clock in their arsenal of design accessories. Of course the highly acclaimed and highly coveted set of the movie "Somethings Gotta Give" featured a mora clock in a more modernly styled beach home, proving that not only are they needed to complete a swedish, french, or belgian design - they're complimentary and verging the edge of needed to complete any design style.


37 comments:

  1. Welcome to the world of blogging... It's truly FUN!
    and thank you for stopping by my blog and your lovely comment.
    Will be following you and can't wait to see more!

    a bientot!

    xo

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  2. Great post! Quite informative (and don't we all love pretty pictures!).
    -Trish

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  3. Just founfd you from "Art By Karena" Great post on something I wasnt familiar with. look forward to more!

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  4. Ms / Mr. CDVG:

    Welcome! Tell us a bit about yourself....

    The blog name is very clever. You'll travel with that!

    -Ann

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  5. Good luck with the new blog!
    Love the name of it!
    xo xo

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  6. I love mora clocks..they are on the want list, LOL, good luck with your new blog and thanks for stopping by mine!

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  7. I have a perfect spot for a mora clock...maybe someday. Cool blog..good luck with it! --Gretchen

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  8. Welcome to bloggy-land! Hope you enjoy the ride!

    joan

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  9. Cheers for you and your new blog! I look forward to reading often.

    Abigail @ Raising Camelot

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  10. Good luck with your new blog! Looks like you have a great start. Steve

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  11. Thank you for visiting us at Dovecote Decor, we are so excited to see an inaugural post, remembering ours was a mere six months ago! Your off to a great start, with beautiful images and wonderful prose. We'll come back often,
    Liz

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  12. Found your blog via your comment at Pretty Pink Tulips. It will be fun to follow along from the beginning! Bests!
    Susan

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  13. Good Luck with your blog. The best part is the friends you will make. Hope to see you again real soon. vicky

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  14. Hi there! Great post and nice pictures (yes, I "ooohed" and "awed" over the painting of Mora Sweeden). I never knew the proper name of those clocks, so thank you for the education!
    Great blog and clever clever name!

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  15. Very intersesting, that Cote 'Texas gal gets
    around, she has wonderful posts. I saw a post on the Swedish style.Now I know a Mora clock. Lovely.

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  16. Catchy blog name, fo sho! Thanks for stopping by MINE and I look forward to returning here.

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  17. Hi: Thanks for visiting my blog and your nice comments! I think we are all totally addicted to blogging: it certainly consumes many hours a day for me..
    Are you going to reveal more about yourself? Maybe a name, or location? We are all curious, of course!
    I am redoing my blogroll (putting it on my main, home page) and would be happy to include you. May take a few weeks to get it all done, but do check back,
    Libby

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  18. Wow, with a name like that you have a lot to live up to. Off to a good start! Loved this.

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  19. Welcome to blog land you’re going to have a ball. Love your post so it looks like you’re off to a good start but with a name like yours you have a lot to live up too. Good luck and welcome aboard!

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  20. WOW!!! You are absolutely right! I not only like your blog, I love it! Your current
    post features my all time favorite style. What
    a beautiful look you've captured on your blog. I
    will definitely follow and display. Welcome and
    thanks for the invite. I'll be back soon!

    Roxanne

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  21. Welcome to blogland it is a wonderful and crazy place. You will meet so many wonderful people. I see you have made the rounds and have already met quite a few. Have fun with and enjoy!! Thanks for the invite and for visiting my blog also, hope you come back real soon,Kathysue

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  22. haha! too cute. love the picture of Mora.

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  23. hmmm.... name sounds familiar!
    have fun with your blog...

    xo
    Brooke

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  24. Love all those pictures and the history behind the Mora clock, thanks! My favorite picture is the white one with the chandelier and the candelabra. So pretty! welcome to blogging, great start! marcia

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  25. Hola!! welcome to this world of blogs, you are going to have great fun!!! As far as you go your blog promises to be a gorgeous one. I love being your follower nr. 11, my favorite number.
    Greetings from Chile,
    maria cecilia
    p.s. I´m not so stylish as you....

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  26. Welcome!! I see you are in good hands already. I love Mora clocks (on my wish list!!) Joni, Brooke and Christina are the best of the best!! The community lends great support anytime you need it! Congrats!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  27. Welcome to the lovely land of blogging...wonderful first post! xo J~

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  28. Welcome to blogging! Love the name. They are three of my favorites too.

    Your collection of Mora clocks is impressive.

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  29. Welcome to blogging. You certainly picked my three favorites to follow. Love Mora clocks as well. Would the first image be from A.J. Tyner? We are a client of theirs. They always have lovely things. Thanks for stopping by and inviting me over. Mona

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  30. Thanks for visitng my blog! I look forward to following your's!

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  31. What a FUN post topic! I have always wanted a big clock...BUT not a grandfather clock. These clocks are IDEAL and they are truly just what I want. Thank you for sharing about them! <3

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  32. Welcome to the blog world! Just found you through All The Trappings and couldn't resist popping over. Great post on these clocks! I have been wondering where the name came from and would just die to have one in my house! I am Swedish so it would only be natural, right?
    Wishing you all the Best!!
    Kelle
    xx

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  33. Loved the post! Drop by to see our fabulous imported French Basketeer Giveaway. To quote Andrea plastic bags are “so passé!”

    Best,
    Liz

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