Charles "Chuck" Delpapa's passion for art and design led to his long career in Interior Design, Home Furnishings, Trend Research and Product Design/Development. Early, he edited/art directed the school annuals for Central High and Pueblo College; he graduated from Pueblo College in 1958 with the honor of "Outstanding Man". At the University Of Northern Colorado (B.A.), he won awards in intercollegiate art shows. Graduate work was at Denver University which owns some of his paintings. Artists and professors Ed Sajbel (Central and PC) and internationally acclaimed Vance Kirkland (Denver University) mentored Delpapa and helped develop his career goals.
At department stores in Denver and Cleveland, his positions included Director of Interior Design Studios and Director of Home Fashion Merchandising; he was responsible for identifying home fashion trends and insuring that appropriate product was purchased, displayed and advertised. Designing trend-setting model rooms, planning and design consulting for new stores and implementing new merchandising concepts were part of his responsibilities. Delpapa attended domestic and international trade shows and took innumerable trips designing furniture, textiles and accessories in Europe, Asia and Mexico. In the 1970s, in Japan, he designed many sets of porcelain dinnerware sold by May Department Stores across the country.
In 1988, Alsy Lighting (later Emess Design Group), the largest US manufacturer of residential lighting, brought Delpapa to New York City as Vice President of Creative Development. He controlled all product design, advertising and designed and maintained company showrooms in NYC, High Point, Dallas and Las Vegas. His collections were sold in Home Depot, Target, Costco, JC Penney, Bloomingdales, Macy, and Crate and Barrel. He also designed exclusive lighting for several companies and individuals such as Disney, Looney Tunes and Coca Cola.
Chuck's philosophy was to provide well designed, trend-right, yet affordable lighting for a mass audience. His product, which was often copied, was always on-trend due to his research while attending trade shows in the US, Europe and China. He may be best known for his "Wave" lamp, which sold for 20 years and accounted for millions in sales. Another of his collections was one of Home Depot's five best sellers for over five years.
In 2012, High Point University's School of Art and Design, which includes one of the ten best interior design schools in the US, asked for his archive of hundreds of original product drawings, trend reports, and photos that covered his 50-year career. The school dean, John Turpin, said that the archive "documents the creative process for products that heavily influenced American design and were purchased by millions." This archive will "broaden the amount of knowledge that our students have access to."
Chuck and Bea, his wife of 55 years, now live in an 1857 townhouse in Cleveland's historic "Ohio City." He volunteers, is a watercolor artist and with Bea, travels extensively. The couple has two sons,Tim and Andy.