Paper 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.”
As design director for the Nelson Office in the 1950s and ’60s, Irving Harper created and collaborated on iconic furniture, products and textiles in midcentury design. This video shares a beautiful Herman Miller interview with the designer, paper engineer, artist, and sculptor in his home.
While working on the Chrysler Pavilion for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, he began making sculptures in his off hours to relieve stress. Some 50 years and roughly 500 pieces later, almost every surface of his Rye, New York home is besieged by evidence of his remarkable skill and creativity.
Irving Harper’s book, Irving Harper: Works in Paper, chronicles his intricate sculptures of paper, toothpicks and other household items. Excellent DIY inspiration.
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