IRVING HARPER PAPER SCULPTURE

JANUARY 6, 2016

IRVING HARPER PAPER SCULPTURE

Irving Harper was a Mid-Century industrial designer who worked for George Nelson prior to starting his own firm. He took up making sculptures as a hobby and eventually produced more than 300 over the years. With the exception of a few rare gifts to friends, he never sold and rarely exhibited his work.

“I never sold any of my pieces,” Harper said in an interview for Herman Miller. “I had all the money I wanted. Then I would have lost my sculptures and just had more money. I just wanted to have them around.”

I have always admired what work of his that I did see. Harper passed in 2015 at the age of 99. His collection of 300+ sculptures will be auctioned this month. If you are at all a fan, perusing the catalog is a must (link below).

There is such variety in the collection from monochromatic abstracts to figural pieces bursting in color. These are just some of the ones that spoke to me. I am so looking forward to previewing some of the sculptures in person.

I love doing interiors, but have always tinkered around with making art. A dream retirement for me would be an art studio set in a big garden in the backyard, so I find Mr. Harper's work and humility inspirational. May he rest in peace.

+WRIGHT: IRVING HARPER PAPER SCULPTURES
+NY TIMES OBITUARY
+HERMAN MILLER INTERVIEW