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CIFRA 3 flap clock, Gino Valle (Solari, 1966)

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Mid-Century Modern Clocks49 of 78Elgin Walnut or Teak Brass "Sunburst" / "Starburst Clock" /  Circa 1960's 1970'sVirgil Thrasher clock by Hoursakes (1976)
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Posted 5 years ago

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This is the clock I've got on my bedside table. I absolutely ADORE it!

Well, I guess I've explained before that the reasson why I started collecting design stuff is because I wanted to have all the items I remembered we had at my parents's house when I was a kid and that they got rid of... In this case, my mother had a yellow Cifra 3 clock on her bedside table. At some point it got broken and being such an unusual clock and, I guess this is the main reasson, being made of plastic, my mother decided to throw it away and get another clock... I remember that after the yellow Cifra 3 disappeared another flap clock occupied its position on my mother's table, but this was of an ugly brown and was an alarm clock as well, and i think it was a Japanese clock... I want to believe that ugly thing wasn't to blame for the yellow one's disappearance, cause it was really ugly, with its wood imitation finsih :(

And what do I like from my Cifra 3? I'd say simply everything, from the shape (absolutelly marked by function), the look of the numbers, the way you change the hour, the sound when any of the minute card flips and, specially, the sound of the flapping at o'clock (with both hour and minute cards flapping). Well, Carlos hates that... :)

I have to say mine is not an "original edition" Cifra3, but one of those made for the MOMA in a limited edition sometime around 2000...

By the way, these MOMA edition clocks are now being sold for something between 300 and 500 euros... absolutely crazy! I could sell mine now (though I will NEVER do) and more than double what i paid for it!


  1. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    Thanks Bellin! I love my clock... LOL
  2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    By the way, I have just added the picture of my bedroom corner... bedside table, chair, mirror, lamp, clock, radio... I love going to bed!!!
  3. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Cool corner!
  4. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    LOL! Thanks Amber, Vet, mustang and Bellin. Well, this corner is really at Carlos's, but I am lucky to call it "my" corner :)
  5. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Austo, you will love this blog

  6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 5 years ago
    I found out about it when I was looking for info about my last posts here... I do think the design in plastic from the 60s is one of the greatest things in design ever!
  7. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    Charmsomeone and agh, thanks for your love!
  8. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    Thanks for your love CINDB!!!

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