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Singular, Kinetic, Vibrant Blue Geometric Sculpture, Irving Harper, 20th Century



Irving Harper (1916-2015) A striking and spirited painted paper and wood abstract sculpture, reminiscent of Tatlin’s Tower, by influential modernist designer Irving Harper. A legendary artist for Herman Miller and the Director of Design for George Nelson Associates, noted for his iconic Marshmallow Sofa and Ball Clock, Harper privately created incredibly imaginative sculptures out of household goods that stretched the boundaries of material and anticipated the humorously anthropomorphic work of later artists like the Haas Brothers. This dynamic, playful piece, painted a vibrant Yves Klein blue and pierced through with wooden spokes as if raised on little legs, bridges the borders between art, craft, and design. Like Picasso, Harper kept his favorite works, and this sculpture remained in his private collection until his death. Unique piece. Literature: "Irving Harper: Works in Paper," Michael Maharam, p. 59.


  • Creator
    Irving Harper (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 34 in. (86.36 cm)Diameter: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Style
    American Craftsman (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Second Half of the 20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Some damage incurred while in the artist’s possession.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU3576310340871

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