I would like to share with you the amazing paper creations of Irving Harper, which is part of Herman Miller’s Why Design series. Irving Harper is one of the most prolific designers who helped shape American Modernism. You may not have heard his name, but I’m sure you’ve seen his iconic designs, such as the Marshmallow sofa and the Ball clock.
What started as a stress-reliever 50 years ago, has now become a huge collection of of paper art and sculptures, many of which are prominently displayed in his upstate New York home. African art and animal served as inspiration for his intricate artwork. The beautiful owl sculpture (shown above), which was completed in 2000, was the last of his near 500 piece collection.
As someone who is passionate about paper art, I cannot agree more with his sentiments about paper being a versatile medium, which doesn’t require any special equipment. “… All you have to do is sit down, cut paper out, and score it, bend it, and glue it.” Of course, Irving Harper makes creating sound a lot easier than what it really is. And does it surprise you at all that all of his unique works are created without any plans?
See more of his paper sculptures in this special film, which is part of Herman Miller’s Why Design video series that features notable designers and their inspirations.
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