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Wall Clock by George Horwitt for Howard Miller, White, Black Frame, 1970

2,100.00
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Wall Clock by George Horwitt for Howard Miller, White, Black Frame, 1970

2,100.00

White wall clock with black metal frame, part of the MoMA design collection, 1970. Designed by Nathan George Horwitt for Howard Miller. Metal lacquered case and glass front. A wall clock version of Horwitt's previous watch design for Movado.

Nathan George Horwitt was an American industrial designer born in Russia.
In 1947, he designed a revolutionary wristwatch with a round, black face without numerals, symbols, or lines marking hours or minutes, but with only a single gold dot marking the 12 o-clock position. It was manufactured by a Swiss firm. The design was copied by the giant zenith Movado without credit or compensation to Horwitt, and it would take 27 years until Movado finally settled with the designer in 1975.

In the meantime, the watch was included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in 1960, and became known as the ‘Museum Watch.’ In 1969, Horwitt used the design in wall clock No. 4601 for the Howard Miller Clock Company.

The Howard Miller Clock Company was founded in 1926, as the clock division of Herman Miller furniture manufacturer. In 1947, George Nelson became director of design at the Herman Miller furniture company, and the Howard Miller Clock Company started to produce his modern wall clocks and table clocks. Several clocks designed by George Nelson became icons of the era.

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White wall clock with black metal frame, part of the MoMA design collection, 1970. Designed by Nathan George Horwitt for Howard Miller. Metal lacquered case and glass front. A wall clock version of Horwitt's previous watch design for Movado.

Nathan George Horwitt was an American industrial designer born in Russia.
In 1947, he designed a revolutionary wristwatch with a round, black face without numerals, symbols, or lines marking hours or minutes, but with only a single gold dot marking the 12 o-clock position. It was manufactured by a Swiss firm. The design was copied by the giant zenith Movado without credit or compensation to Horwitt, and it would take 27 years until Movado finally settled with the designer in 1975.

In the meantime, the watch was included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in 1960, and became known as the ‘Museum Watch.’ In 1969, Horwitt used the design in wall clock No. 4601 for the Howard Miller Clock Company.

The Howard Miller Clock Company was founded in 1926, as the clock division of Herman Miller furniture manufacturer. In 1947, George Nelson became director of design at the Herman Miller furniture company, and the Howard Miller Clock Company started to produce his modern wall clocks and table clocks. Several clocks designed by George Nelson became icons of the era.