Clair Samhammer, FIDSA

Clair Samhammer, FIDSA

US industrial designer who studied at Pratt Institute from 1947 to 1951. He workDed in the early 1950s for Sundberg-Ferar, then with Harley Earl Inc. in Detroit, Michigan, where he designed a toy Corvette pedal car.

In 1959 he joined Melvin Best Associates in Pasadena, CA, and in 1962, joined Design West. His best-known designs are the award-winning attaché cases for Sampsonite Corporation, the Classic (1962) and the Royal Traveler (1965).

He was awarded IDSA Fellowship in 1978 and in 1981 he partnered with Bob Green to establish the Creative Design Center in Orange, CA.

Here is a photo of the original pedal car in 1953 and again, a fantastic fifty years later, in 2003 during restoration of the car.