Miller Company product designs, lighting installations, graphics, and architecture (2016)

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| Design Meriden | 18 July 2016 | Updated 16 November 2016


Miller Company (1924-1985) product designs, graphics, and architecture

A. Product designs in collections

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1930). Lamp. Accession no. 1996.102.1. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. Offline; viewed 17 July 2016. [AAA00033-141]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1940s). Floor lamp. Brass with plastic. (H) 42 1/2 x (D) 12 in. Accession no. 2002.51.0a,b. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. Offline; viewed 17 July 2016. [AAA00033-143]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (undated). Table lamp and glass shade. Accession no. 2002.115.1a,b. Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford. Offline; viewed 17 July 2016. [AAA00033-144]



B. Selected Miller Company lighting installations

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company (c. 1939). Numerous photos of lighting installations in various kinds of commercial and organizational interiors. Extensive list of installations at the end of catalogue section "Duplexalite Lighting fixtures for commercial requirements, catalogue section 2b". See: (1939). Miller Lighting. 291 pages. The Miller Company. Courtesy Tulane University, Southeastern Architectural Archive, New Orleans, LA. Viewed 15 October 2016. [A01207]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1947). "Ceilings Unlimited" in office in Worcester, MA. [Specific location unknown. Photo in: Alice B. Louchheim. (December 1947). Abstraction on the assembly line. ARTnews]. Viewed 13 October 2016. [AAA00072]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1948). "Ceilings Unlimited" in unspecified building. [Specific location unknown. Photo in: (June 1948). Painting toward architecture. Architect and engineer, pp. 10-3 (page 254 in pdf).] Viewed 13 October 2016. [AAA00065]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1949). "Ceilings Unlimited" in unspecified office. [Specific location unknown. Photo in: (February 1949). Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. Architect and Engineer, p. 30. Courtesy San Francisco Public Library. Viewed 14 October 2016. [AAA00341]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1949). "Ceilings Unlimited" in unspecified office. [Specific location unknown. Photo in: (April 1949). See: Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. Architect and Engineer, p. 33. Courtesy San Francisco Public Library. Viewed 14 October 2016. [AAA00342]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1949). Ceilings Unlimited at Lamont Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Architects: Coolidge Shepley Bulfinch and Abbott, Boston, MA. [Photo in advertisement in Electrical Engineering, March 1952, p. 4A.] Viewed 9 October 2016. [AAA00308]



C. Selected Miller Company graphic designs

Miller Company Meriden CT

(1947). Page advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. In IES lighting handbook ( first ed.), p. M-114. Illuminating Englineering Society: New York. Viewed 16 November 2016. [AAA00459-60]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1947). Letterhead. [Developed under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine. Several examples at archives at venues of Painting toward architecture]. Viewed 13 October 2016.

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (c. 1947). Card and order form. [Developed under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine. Photo in: Alice B. Louchheim. (December 1947). Abstraction on the assembly line. ARTnews]. Viewed 13 October 2016. [AAA00072]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (September 1947). Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. The School Executive, p. SE-68 / p. 91. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] Yale University library. Viewed 22 October 2016. [AAA00370]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (February 1949). Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. Architect and Engineer, p. 30. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] Courtesy San Francisco Public Library. Viewed 14 October 2016. [AAA00341]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (April 1949). Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. Architect and Engineer, p. 33. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] Courtesy San Francisco Public Library. Viewed 14 October 2016. [AAA00342]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (June 1949). Advertisement for Slimline. Architect and Engineer, p. 33. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] Courtesy San Francisco Public Library. Viewed 14 October 2016. [AAA00343]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Miller Company. (March 1952). Advertisement for Ceilings Unlimited. Electrical Engineering, p. 4A. [Presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.] Viewed 9 October 2016. [AAA00308]



Also see c. 1945-55 Miller Company design catalogues presumably under the art direction of Emily Hall Tremaine.



D. Selected Miller Company architectural designs

Miller Company Meriden CT

Attributed to Philip Johnson. (1965). Design for facade of Miller Company addition, Center Street, Meriden, CT. Photo: c. 2015 without original Miller Co. sign/logo. Viewed 4 September 2016. [A01186; AAA00127-28] [1, 2]

Miller Company Meriden CT

Attributed to Philip Johnson. (1970). Design for exterior of Miller Company plant, Martin, TN. Viewed 4 September 2016. [AAA00126] [2]


Footnotes:
[1] See pp. 129-31 in Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Weathers, Allen L.) (1995). The Miller Company, the first 150 years: The story of a successful American business, 1844-1994. Connecticut; 175 pp. Library of Congress, Washington, DC, classification no. HD9729.M48 S33 1995; Meriden Public Library, call no. 974.62 SC. Also see "Philip Johnson lecture on Chick Austin and Emily Hall Tremaine - Wadsworth Atheneum" (1984); Johnson describes overall, his fluid design process working with the Tremaines. Viewed 4 September 2016. [AAA00127]

[2] See three articles in the Meriden Record-Journal online in Google newspapers: (20 March 1964). Famed architect assisted in designing rolling mill (p. 1). (includes illustration of facade; caption: "... Phillip [sic] Johnson, internationally famed architect, was consultant...") Kochanowski, Edward. (11 May 1965). Work starts on new $2.5 million Miller mill (pp. 1-2) (includes illustration of facade and caption mentioning Johnson). (29 September 1965). "Miller Co. expansion project is running right on schedule" (p. 21). Viewed 4 September 2016. [A01188-90; AAA00128]

[3] This is stated on page 101 in Scheips, Marguerite T. (Research by Weathers, Allen L.) (1995). The Miller Company, the first 150 years: The story of a successful American business, 1844-1994. Connecticut; 175 pp. Library of Congress, Washington, DC, classification no. HD9729.M48 S33 1995; Meriden Public Library, call no. 974.62 SC. No secondary or primary sources are identified, or have been located by Design Meriden (4 September 2016). Search "Miller Drive, Martin, TN" for the possible structure, which may have had its exterior replaces with a new facade. Also see "Philip Johnson lecture on Chick Austin and Emily Hall Tremaine - Wadsworth Atheneum" (1984); Johnson describes overall, his fluid design process working with the Tremaines. Viewed 4 September 2016. [AAA00126]




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