The Life & Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison

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Black DIY Tradition

This Black History Month it’s good to remember that Do-It-Yourself did not begin with the Hipsters. African Americans have a long tradition of making the objects of everyday life stretching back to their first days in the Americas. Designing more than 100 home sewing machines in 10 years, the great African American industrial designer Charles […]

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A Life’s Design: The Untold Story of the Black Man who Designed the Objects of the American Dream

Many may be surprised to learn that during decades when America wrestled with its identity in the streets, an African American sat with a pencil and gave shape to the American Dream object by object. Much of what we know treasure as middle-class American icons, the objects that turned a house into a home, were […]

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