The Life & Work of Industrial Designer Charles Harrison

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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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Sunday Sittings Tradition

Before there was brunch, these iconic table-top appliances and gadgets designed in the 1960s and 70s by famous African-American industrial designer Charles Harrison, remind us that after church and after work, visiting and ‘sitting’ were African-American family, neighborly and community traditions. This Black History Month, why not invite friends to just drop by and celebrate […]

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Black Beyond Borders

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 […]

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