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Thursday, November 1, 2012

More Irving Harper

My fascination with all things Irving Harper continues.  Lately, I've been checking out the Facebook page dedicated to him.

Harper, who is 96 now, said in a New York Times interview in 2010, "The bosses took all the credit after the fact," but he added that he didn't care much anymore that George Nelson got personal credit for a number of his designs. Nevertheless, many of his fans think it's time to set the record straight once and for all. (This was a common practice in many design offices at the time and may have been at least part of the reason Harry Bertoia and John Entenza left the Eames Office.)

Here are only a few of the items with which Harper is credited on the Facebook page:

Pretzel clock

Steering Wheel clock

Sunflower clock

Asterisk clock

Polygon clock

Flock of Butterflies clock

Ball clock

Wheel clock

String clock

Turbine clock

Totem clocks

Cone clock

Pill clock

China Shop fabric for Maharam

Pavement fabric for Maharam

Kangaroo chair

Rosewood storage chest on pedestal


  1. The clocks are AWESOME. I finally bit the bullet and bid on an atomic style clock on eBay. I'll post it when (if) it comes in. I am keeping fingers crossed that it looks as cool as these ones. Wheel Clock above is my favorite.

    1. Good luck on your eBay auction! I can't wait to see the clock if you win it. Every house needs at least one great mid-century clock.

  2. The clocks are a great mix of style and fun. But what really caught my eye was that rosewood storage chest on a pedestal. That one would fit your new interiors, Dana.

    1. That chest caught my eye too. I've never seen one like it, but I'd sure like my house!

  3. Oh my goodness.... he did all my favorites! Love the wheel and sunflower clock. One of these days I will bite the bullet and spend the cash on a real one. It's only a matter of "TIME". (wink)

    1. Nice themed response! Yes, my goal is to replace my reproductions, one at a time. (haha...I said "time" again without even meaning to.)