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Arthur Umanoff Clocks

American, 1923-1985

Though much of Arthur Umanoff’s furniture is marked by a no-frills simplicity common in American mid-century modern design, his work is anything but one-note. Over the course of a prolific career, Umanoff designed everything from case pieces to candleholders to dining chairs in iron, leather, walnut, wicker and more. With furnishings for a broad range of manufacturers throughout the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s, Umanoff continued a thread of sculptural elegance and textural sensitivity through his designs.

After graduating from Pratt Institute in the early 1950s, Umanoff experimented mostly with wood furniture before landing a job at Post Modern Ltd, a New York manufacturer of wrought-iron furniture. There he produced furnishings that married wrought iron with wood and plastic, creating functional pieces free of utilitarian bulkiness. Umanoff continued his experimentation with mixed materials through a partnership with Shaver Howard, for whom he designed wine racks in combinations of iron, leather and wicker.

When Shaver Howard bought Boyeur Scott, Umanoff conceived several furniture designs for the brand, including the 1964 Granada collection, whose curlicue iron bases, visible through glass tops, stand out as some of his most ornate and decorative work. Indeed, much of Umanoff’s oeuvre is far more simplistic, like iron-and-pine armchairs for The Elton Co. or low-backed, slatted-seat barstools with slender iron legs for Raymor.

Umanoff was fluent, too, in the more sumptuous modernism of the era: In the mid-1960s, he designed the 2405 and 4449 armchairs for Madison Furniture Industries. Popular in offices, the walnut-framed, leather-upholstered seats, which could have been mistaken for the seductive Scandinavian modern seating of the era, were reportedly the jumping-off point for Captain Kirk’s iconic seat on Star Trek.

Even as he is among the mid-century modern designers you may not know, with work across such a range of styles and manufacturers (most no longer in business), Umanoff, who died in 1985, leaves a legacy that is fascinatingly diverse and at times enticingly elusive, making his work intriguing objects for collectors.

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Creator: Arthur Umanoff
Howard Miller Desk Clock by Design Office of George Nelson
By Howard Miller, Arthur Umanoff
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Arthur Umanoff for The Design Office of George Nelson for Howard Miller Rosewood Desk or Table Clock. In great shape and running flawlessly! Been in use for about 6 months on my de...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Clocks

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1970s Arthur Umanoff for Howard Miller wall clock
By Herman Miller, Arthur Umanoff
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Arthur Umanoff for Howard Miller 1970s wall clock, model #588. Made of a walnut case, original red back, brushed aluminum clock face, brass Roman nu...
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Midcentury Walnut Arthur Umanoff Meridian Pendulum Wall Clock for Howard Miller
By Howard Miller, Arthur Umanoff
Located in San Jose, CA
Vintage Meridian wall clock designed by Arthur Umanoff for Howard Miller in walnut, circa 1970s. This piece features a coffin shaped wood case and an inset orange backdrop accented with a brass...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Clocks

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Mantel Grandfather Clock by Arthur Umanoff for Howard Miller
By Howard Miller, Arthur Umanoff
Located in Los Angeles, CA
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Arthur Umanoff Clocks

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Arthur Umanoff for Howard Miller Eight Day Wall Clock with Chimes
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Arthur Umanoff clocks for sale on 1stDibs.

Arthur Umanoff clocks are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Arthur Umanoff clocks, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original clocks by Arthur Umanoff were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider clocks by George Nelson, and Howard Miller. Prices for Arthur Umanoff clocks can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $960 and can go as high as $2,650, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,450.

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