Irving Harper was a very successful industrial designer during the mid-20th century. He is credited with many modern furniture design concepts, including the marshmallow sofa and the ball clock. In addition to this recognized work, Harper also maintained a more private collection of paper sculptures, which he made during his free time as a stress-relieving side project.
Irving Harper: Works in Paper is a recently published book that focuses on Harper's extensive career as well as these magnificent paper creations that have never been exhibited before. According to the book, “More than three hundred works fill Harper's house and barn in Rye, New York, where this array of fantastical people and animal sculptures was created from modest and inexpensive materials as diverse as spaghetti and toothpicks in addition to paper.” Harper's incredible talents are documented in this publication and viewers will be in awe of the extensive collection of intricate and delicate designs.