In thinking about cuckoo clocks, one might conjure images of elaborate wood timepieces inside bucolic cabins in forests or sleepy chalets on mountainsides. Once an hour, or perhaps every half, they spring to life, alerting their owners of the time before retreating back to their peaceful ticking lullaby.

Over the centuries since it first emerged from the Black Forest, Germany, the cuckoo clock has remained largely unchanged. Traditional clocks can still be bought and are a popular souvenir. But of course, there are now a much wider variety of styles to choose from, including striking modern clocks that look more like abstract sculptures than timepieces.

Pedro Mealha, a designer-maker based in Hackney Wick, East London is one of those who added a touch of modernism to these mechanical jewels and the result is spectacular. Some of his designs are nearly unrecognizable as cuckoo clocks but each merges, in its own way, the traditional appeal of the iconic device with some element of our modern world—whether design or technology.

His contemporary cuckoo clocks come in many styles and can be customized to your liking, delivering the nostalgic charm of a traditional one but with modern aesthetics.

Below are some of Pedro Mealha’s beautiful cuckoo clocks, check them out. If you’re interested in buying one, visit his etsy store.

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