Design student recognises importance of sleep routine

Last week I received an email from a product design student at the University of Dundee, Natalie Duckett. Natalie has designed a beautiful alarm clock using natural materials, that would look stunning in any bedroom.

There’s more to the alarm clock than a pretty face though. Natalie’s unique piece is designed to help users get more good quality sleep and doesn’t actually have a clock interface! For those who find themselves kept awake by clock watching, Natalie’s new style of alarm clock is the perfect solution.

Unlike standard alarm clocks, Natalie’s design has two alarms – in addition to the usual morning alarm that wakes you up, Natalie’s piece has an evening alarm to signal when to start preparing for sleep. A clock interface is not necessary as setting the morning alarm automatically sets the corresponding evening alarm for 9 hours earlier, giving the user at least 8 hours of sleeping time plus time to wind down before bed.

Another distinctive feature of Natalie’s design is the alarm signal, which has been created to imitate the sound of a woodpecker drumming his beak against a tree. The user may alter the sound and volume of the alarm by choosing either a brass or elm wood “beak” and placing the beak against different materials and objects, such as a bedside table, door or radiator.

Natalie’s alarm clock is not yet ready for the commercial market, but it’s exciting to see new designers recognising the importance of quality sleep. I hope Natalie’s university project is just the beginning of more beautiful and unique sleep products to come.

For more information about Natalie and her unique alarm clock, click on the following links: www.natalieduckett.co.uk and www.open-output.org/nemduckett/project/10747