Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Irving Harper Paper Sculptures

I was recently introduced to the work of Irving Harper, courtesy of an email from Wright Auctions.

Irving Harper (July 14, 1916 - August 4, 2015) was an American industrial designer, probably best known for his work at George Nelson Associates -- including the design of the famous "M" logo for Herman Miller, Inc. as well as numerous clocks for the Herman Miller Clock Co., not to mention the famous Marshmallow Sofa.

In addition to his iconic design work [that he is not always properly recognized for], Harper produced more than three hundred intricate paper sculptures over several decades. These sculptures were displayed throughout his 3-story 19th-century farmhouse and barn in Rye, New York for his own enjoyment.  

Fast forward to the present.....Wright Auctions is hosting a sale of Irving Harper's Paper Sculptures. These paper sculptures are truly amazing -- so inspiring, fabulous and fun.  Who knew such beautiful sculptures could be created with the most basic of materials....PAPER!  Here are some of my favorites from the upcoming sale:












































I love these works so much! I can't really afford to buy all (or any!) of them, but I instead purchased this book: Irving Harper: Works in Paper to learn a bit more about the artist, and to have easy access to images of these amazing sculptures.

If you'd like to read more about Irving Harper, click here for an essay from Paul Makovsky.