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

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.”

 

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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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