The Life & Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison

Intelligent Designer

Charles Harrison, former industrial designer at Sears, Roebuck and Company, created practical innovations that touched many lives

By Megan Gambino
Smithsonian magazine, January 2009

The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt honors the prolific industrial designer with its Lifetime Achievement Award

In 1966, Charles "Chuck" Harrison, an industrial designer at Sears, Roebuck & Company, got rid of an everyday nuisance—the early-morning clanging of metal garbage cans—by creating the first-ever plastic garbage bin. "When that can hit the market, it did so with the biggest bang you never heard," wrote Harrison in his 2005 book, A Life’s Design. "Everyone was using it, but few people paid close attention to it."

Charles Harrison

Charles (Chuck) Harrison

Read Chuck’s Interview with Smithsonian
Read the Smithsonian article: Intelligent Design

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