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Interior Designer From Rye, Now 98, Exhibits His Newest Art In January

Irving Harper at his home in Rye Photo Credit:
A paper design sculpted by Irving Harper Photo Credit:
A paper sculpture by Irving Harper. Photo Credit:
A paper sculpture by Irving Harper. Photo Credit:
Irving Harper at his home in Rye. Photo Credit:

RYE, N.Y. – Following decades of creating art, a well-known designer and Rye resident is running his first solo exhibition, Financial Times reports.

The paper sculptures of Irving Harper, 98, will be featured through “Irving Harper: A Mid-Century Mind at Play” at The Rye Arts Center. The exhibit, which has been extended due to popular demand, will run until Jan. 24, 2015.

Harper is recognized for his contributions to the George Nelson Office. He was responsible for such works as the 1949 Ball Clock, the Herman Miller logo and the 1956 Marshmallow sofa. Financial Times reports that Harper was tasked to design the Chrysler pavilion for the New York World’s Fair in 1964, a time when he picked up the hobby of paper sculpting.

A cocktail party and live auction for Harper’s paper snake sculpture will be held at the Rye Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, visit or call 914-967-0700.

The exhibit is curated by Katharine Dufault and Jeff Taylor.

The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit Rye TV for a video about the gallery showcasing Harper’s work.

Read more about Harper, his life and work at Financial Times .

The Rye Arts Center is at 51 Milton Road in Rye.

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