The Paper Sculptures of Irving Harper

Irving Harper's paper sculptures 1

Irving Harper's paper sculptures 1

At the end of last year the guys at Herman Miller put together a wonderful series of videos called Why Design. Each one features a designer from the company’s creative network and they all give a fantastic insight into the minds of some very talented people. My favorite of the eight is with Irving Harper who talks about how he likes to make paper sculptures. Harper finds that paper is a really versatile medium and he says that it’s really easy to work with. “All you have to do is sit down, cut paper out, and score it, bend it, and glue it.” he says. He makes it sound like it’s pretty easy but once you see what he creates you’ll quickly realize that it takes far more then simple cutting, scoring bending and gluing to make work this good.

Harper has played a significantly important role in shaping the design of the 20th century. Best known for his work as the design director at the Nelson Office, Harper is widely acknowledged as the creator of the iconic Marshmallow Sofa, the Ball Clock and even the Herman Miller logo.

In 1964 he began to create paper sculptures at home as a means to relieve stress from his daily work and he’s been doing it ever since. The video above gives a great insight into these wonderful sculptures of his it’s so nice to see him talk about something he really loves to do.

You can view more from the “Why Design” series on the Herman Miller website here. Go check them out!

Irving Harper's paper sculptures 1

Irving Harper's paper sculptures 1

Philip Kennedy

February 26, 2013 / By

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