December 6, 2018 - By Harry McCracken
Original URL: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/fastcompany/headlines/~3/0K6Q0kju-O0/from-the-view-master-to-sears-trash-cans-this-man-designed-our-world
Charles Harrison designed hundreds of familiar household goods—and, as an African-American executive in the 1960s, helped to blaze new trails.
As a child of the 1960s and 1970s, I grew up in a world imagined by industrial designer Charles Harrison—I just didn’t know it. The New York Times has published a wonderful obituary by Katharine Q. Seelye of Harrison, who died on November 29 at 87. I’m just sorry I had to read about his passing in order to appreciate his extraordinary career: Harrison, an African American, went from being refused a job at Sears because of his race to becoming the company’s chief designer.