Black American Thoreau

Butterfly Charles Harrison 1953
“Butterfly” by Charles Harrison (1953)

Joining historic Americans like Thoreau and Carver, leading African American and one of the greatest industrial designers of the 20th century, Charles ‘Chuck’ Harrison took much of his inspiration from nature for both fine art and function objects. His love of nature and natural forms is one of the pillars of his notion of ‘Honest Design.”

To find out more about Harrison and his design, see his memoir, A Life’s Design.

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Charles Harrison

Charles Harrison

1931 - 2018

Charles “Chuck” Harrison is a designer, educator and speaker specializing in industrial design across multiple consumer products areas. The primary portion of his career was spent working for Sears Roebuck & Company, beginning as a freelancer, then as a staff designer and later as the head of the company’s design department. A prolific designer, Harrison’s work touched almost every area of household products from cribs to tractors and everything in between.


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