The Life & Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison

Beyond Madame CJ: Black presence in the beauty salon

Beauty salon chair designed for Belvidere Beauty Products (1957)

Beauty salon chair designed for Belvidere Beauty Products (1957)

This Black History Month, consider that Madame C. J. Walker is not the only African American business icon in the beauty salon. The chair you sit in, the curling iron you use to get ‘that look’ may have been designed by Charles ‘Chuck’ Harrison, one of the most prolific and creative industrial designers in American history.  Explore his story and surprising work in A Life’s Design to see why the Smithsonian honored him with its Lifetime Achievement award.

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