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Richard Harvey Sculpta-Grille Model C-20 Freestanding Room Divider, 1959

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This freestanding model C-20 Sculpta-Grille room divider by Richard Harvey for Harvey Design Workshop, Inc was conceptualized and designed in the 1950s and finally released to the public in 1959 as a line of injection molded architectural screens and room dividers. Popular throughout the 1960s and 1970s, often used as luxury room dividers, privacy screens and architectural elements for modern and contemporary architecture and interior design. This particular model (C-20) is part of the 'Contemporary' collection of modern undulating screens often referred to as the 'Bone' screens due to the resemblance to futuristic skeletal sculptures. This example was finished in a yellow colored paint and lacquer and is connected on top of a black colored heavy steel base. We have a number of other examples in different colors, contact us or see our other listings for more details. The C-20 Contemporary grille is an original sculpture, more massive in appearance than C-10. The bold and dynamic pattern of this sculpture increases in interest through repetition, while the depth and flow of its form creates a wall surface whose beauty of texture equals its value as a grille. The massive quality of the C-20 sculpture belies its light weight, derived through Richard Harvey's exclusive plastics techniques. High strength and high impact resistance are inherent in the structural nature of the panels and wall sections, which are factory prefabricated from the basic module. The unusual depth and design of this grille offers excellent light-diffusing characteristics for facades and window areas. Richard 'Dick' Harvey, born in 1919 was raised in New York City and studied art at Brooklyn Tech High school and received a degree in Mechanical Engineering at City College of New York. His initial goal was a career in the fledgling field of Industrial Design. Later he began working with his father designing and manufacturing plastic injection molds for the doll industry. In June of 1959 an article and photograph appeared in Interior Design Magazine; inquiries and orders quickly followed. "Harvey Design Workshop" became incorporated and the "Classics" line of "Sculpta-Grille" was officially launched. Methods and tools were developed for assembling the grillwork parts--made of high-quality injection molded plastic--into panels. Articles and installation photographs continued to appear in trade magazines and newspapers from coast to coast. Recently, the Contemporary line has become highly collectable; originals are rare and quite expensive. It has become very popular among set designers, presenting a beautiful mid-century-modern look. Contemporary Sculpta-Grille has been used in many films, television commercials and music videos. These Richard Harvey (sometimes misattributed to Don Harvey) model C 20 'Bone Screen' room separator / floor sculptures would work great in a Mid-Century Modern, Scandanavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Post-Modern room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an Apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. MEASUREMENTS: H 74.5" x W 33.5" x D 19.5" (Bone screen part only) H 56.25" x W 33.5" x D 4.75" CONDITION: Very good condition with minor wear as expected from age including minor scratches, minor nicks and minor surface level craquelure to paint and lacquer layer. Internal injection mold is in excellent structural condition. Heavy and high quality, this piece will last a lifetime and is ready for immediate use.


  • Creator
    Richard Harvey (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 74.5 in. (189.23 cm)Width: 33.5 in. (85.09 cm)Depth: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1965
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Very good condition with minor wear including scratches, nicks and minor craquelure to paint and lacquer layer. Internal injection mold is in excellent structural condition. Ready for immediate use. See description for more details.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330220396042

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    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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Located in Los Angeles, CA

Automaton is the premier source for early-production originals of hard-to-find 20th-century designs and functional art, serving a range of clients, from celebrities and interior designers to aficionados with modest budgets. Its 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles space is packed with rare examples of designs from a large repertoire of such...

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