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Herman Miller and Howard Miller clocks

December 19, 2014

In 1927 the Herman Miller Clock Company division of the office furniture company was founded to produce and sell clocks under the Herman Miller name. In 1937, the clock division was turned over to Howard Miller, the son of Herman Miller, and renamed Howard Miller Clock Company. According to the Howard Miller website, Howard was trained in the fine art of clockmaking by his father, Herman, in the Black Forest region of Germany.

Herman-Miller-Z-clock.jpgHerman Miller Z clock designed by Gilbert Rohde

While he was design director for Herman Miller, New York architect Gilbert Rohde designed a series of desktop clocks that echo the modern style of his furnishings, most notably the Z Clock, which is extremely rare and worth a lot of money, if you can even find one.

Today, Herman Miller and Howard Miller are separate companies, although their headquarters are still across the street from one another in Zeeland, Michigan.

Howard-Miller-clocks.jpgHoward Mille grandfather clock, wall clock, tripod floor clock

The Howard Miller Clock Company, makes an array of clocks from grandfather to floor to wall to desk. And the price range is $5 all the way up to $15,000. And while Herman Miller also makes clocks, their focus is primarily on furniture. Moreover, Howard Miller Clock Company owns the Kieninger Company of Germany, which makes many of the mechanical movements in Howard Miller clocks, and means that many of their clocks are of far higher quality than your typical hundred dollar quartz powered wall clock.

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