Irving Harper on the versatility of paper, being inspired by african art [Video] | Design

Irving Harper got his start as a designer in the 1947 when George Nelson hired him as an industrial designer. Perhaps best known for designing the marshmallow sofa and the Herman Miller logo, Harper’s true creativity lies within the art of paper. 

Originally an escape from the stresses of life, Harper soon found himself applying his paper skills for design models. Now in 2012, his skills have reached a level of refinement that is surely captivating. Watch below as Herman Miller new video series Why Design showcases Harper’s work in a three-minute short that will surely inspire artists and designers.

The design process is a journey into the unknown—or as George Nelson once quipped, “I have never met a designer who was retained to keep things the same as they were.” Before we decide what we do and how we do it, we like to begin by asking the question “Why?” In Why Design, a new video series, we explore the world through the eyes of our designers, and share something of why we value their point of view. —HermanMiller.com