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Raymond Loewy

For those in the know, French-born American industrial designer Raymond Loewy is the “father of streamlining.” He is widely recognized as a pioneer of industrial design consulting — a creative powerhouse who took aim at cluttered designs and simplified them. Loewy left his mark on everything from toothbrushes to trashcans to spacecraft interiors. He designed cars, worked in illustration, and crafted comely dressers and other furniture.

Loewy was born in Paris, France. At age 15, he designed a model airplane that was powered by rubber bands. It won the James Gordon Bennett Cup of 1908. Loewy patented the model kit for this plane by the following year and saw brisk sales. With his savings, Loewy was able to study at the University of Paris and then at Ecole de Lanneau, where he earned an engineering degree in 1918.

Loewy moved to New York City in 1919 and found work as a window designer for the department stores Macy's, Wanamaker's and Saks and as a fashion illustrator for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. Loewy’s big break in industrial design came in 1929 when he altered the Gestetner duplicating machine — removing jutting parts and encasing the moving works in an understated cover. It caused a sensation within the industry — and companies began to call on him.

Loewy designed packaging for Coca-Cola and revised the look of Lucky cigarettes. The “Loewy Look,” which referred to the designer’s efforts to strip a product of any unnecessary detail and streamline its appearance, began to characterize hundreds of products.

Loewy found clients in a dizzying number of companies. He did everything from retooling logos to redesigning products. His 1934 Sears Coldspot refrigerator was a sleek innovation that broke sales records. His Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive resembled a speeding bullet and was the darling of the 1939 World’s Fair. Loewy even reworked shapes for snacks at Nabisco. By the time World War II gathered steam, Raymond Loewy Associates — the industrial design firm he founded — had been operating in a number of American cities. When Time magazine featured him on the cover in October 1949 — Loewy was not shy about publicity — his profile soared.

Loewy worked with Studebaker for decades. The success of their 1953 Starliner coupe was due to his revolutionary design, while their 1963 futuristic, fiberglass-bodied Avanti, which came with advanced safety features and materialized at a time when the company was experiencing financial hardship, was his crowning achievement for the maker.

Returning to his roots in aviation, Loewy worked for NASA from 1967 to 1973 on the interior design of the Skylab space station. He was also involved in the interior designs of the Concorde supersonic jet and Air Force One. Loewy delighted in creating furniture and collaborated with manufacturers such as Mengel Furniture, Rosenthal and Doubinsky Frères. In the 1970s, Loewy and his wife shuttered their businesses and retired in France.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Raymond Loewy cabinets, serveware, seating and more.

Low Oak Dresser by Raymond Loewy for Mengel
By Raymond Loewy, Mengel Furniture Co.
Located in Dorchester, MA
Raymond Loewy designed this clean-lined dresser for the Mengel Furniture Company. Solidly constructed of a handsomely grained oak, it has four dr...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Aluminum

Low Oak Dresser by Raymond Loewy for Mengel
Low Oak Dresser by Raymond Loewy for Mengel
H 31.75 in W 34 in D 19.25 in
Raymond Loewy Designed Nordmende Spectra Futura Transistor Radio in Red & Orange
By Raymond Loewy
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Nordmende Design Center collaborated in the late 1960's with renowned American designer Raymond Loewy, who created iconic designs like the Coca-Cola bottle and Lucky Strike pack. Collaborating with the American designer was an excellent choice. The device that was the result. the Spectra Futura...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Metal

Bedside Table by Raymond Loewy, France, 1960s
By Raymond Loewy, Compagnie d'Esthetique Industrielle (C.E.I.)
Located in Antwerp, BE
Loewy Series side table, DF-2000, a mid-century marvel from the creative genius of Raymond Loewy. Crafted in 1960s France by the esteemed Compagnie d'Esthetique Mid-Industrielle (C.E...
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1960s French Space Age Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Chrome

Bedside Table by Raymond Loewy, France, 1960s
Bedside Table by Raymond Loewy, France, 1960s
H 24.02 in W 21.26 in D 14.97 in
Raymond Loewy for Rosenthal Form 2000 MCM Chop Plate in Sunburst Pattern
By Raymond Loewy, Rosenthal
Located in Chicago, IL
Vintage 1950s large porcelain chop plate or round serving platter designed by Raymond Loewy for Rosenthal in Germany. Bright white interiors surface with silver and gold atomic "sunb...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Porcelain

Raymond Loewy for Mengel Bleached Mahogany Nightstand with Drawer & Shelf
By Mengel Furniture Co., Raymond Loewy
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Raymond Loewy for Mengel single drawer Bedside Table with short legs. Featuring a rectangular Bleached Mahogany form with top drawer, wood and brass knob with Mengel M, cubbies, and ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Mahogany

Valet Cabinet DF 2000 by Raymond Loewy for Doubinsky Frères, 1960s
By Raymond Loewy, Doubinsky Freres
Located in Lasne, BE
White wood and red plastic cabinet with 3 drawers, a hinged door on top with a mirror and a hinged door underneath. Wear due to time and age
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Wood, Plastic

Modern space age DF2000 sideboard by Raymond Loewy for Doubinsky Frères in 1968.
By Raymond Loewy, Doubinsky Freres
Located in Antwerpen, Antwerp
After a brief but promising career as a fashion illustrator, French- American designer Raymond Loewy dedicated his talent to the field of graphic and industrial design. Loewy’s creat...
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1960s French Space Age Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern Raymond Loewy DF2000 Credenza or Dresser by Doubinsky Freres
By Raymond Loewy, Doubinsky Freres
Located in Secaucus, NJ
Fabulous large version of the classic DF2000 credenza or dresser by Raymond Loewy. Featuring nine drawers and a cabinet, the molded plastic drawer fronts are organized in the designe...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Aluminum

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Raymond Loewy furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Raymond Loewy furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Raymond Loewy furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Raymond Loewy were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by John Van Koert, Kittinger, and United Furniture Corporation. Prices for Raymond Loewy furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $134 and can go as high as $17,600, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,200.
Questions About Raymond Loewy
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Raymond Loewy is known as the father of industrial design. While he has designed razors, railroad terminals and more, Loewy is well known for notable logos such as the Lucky Strike cigarette packet and Coke bottle.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    Raymond Loewy is influential because of his approach to industrial design, which emphasized simplicity and sleekness. Called "the father of streamlining," he is widely recognized as a pioneer of design consulting. Loewy was a creative powerhouse who took aim at cluttered designs and simplified them, leaving his mark on everything from toothbrushes and trash cans to spacecraft interiors. He also designed cars, worked in illustration and crafted dressers and other furniture. On 1stDibs, explore a variety of Raymond Loewy furniture and decorative objects.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 16, 2024
    Raymond Loewy made many things. He left his mark on everything from toothbrushes to trashcans to spacecraft interiors. Loewy designed cars, worked in illustration and crafted comely dressers and other furniture. Early in his career, he designed packaging for Coca-Cola and revised the look of Lucky cigarettes. His 1934 Sears Coldspot refrigerator was a sleek innovation that broke sales records. His Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive resembled a speeding bullet and was the darling of the 1939 World's Fair. Loewy even reworked shapes for snacks at Nabisco. Explore a selection of Raymond Loewy furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    Raymond Loewy designed a few cars over the course of his life. He worked with Virgil Exner to create Studebaker's full lineup of vehicles during the late 1930s. In addition, he is responsible for the sleek, streamlined appearance of the Studebaker Starlight, the Studebaker Starliner and the Studebaker Avanti. For his contributions to the field of automotive design, Raymond Loewy became an inductee of the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1997. Shop a variety of Raymond Loewy furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 13, 2024
    Some of Raymond Loewy's most famous designs include the packaging for Lucky Strike cigarettes and the Coca-Cola bottle. His 1934 Sears Coldspot refrigerator was a sleek innovation that broke sales records. His Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive, resembling a speeding bullet, was the darling of the 1939 World's Fair. Loewy even reworked shapes for snacks at Nabisco. Loewy also worked with Studebaker for decades, designing acclaimed vehicles like the 1953 Starliner coupe and the Avanti. He designed the interiors for NASA's Skylab space station, the Concorde supersonic jet and Air Force One. On 1stDibs, explore a collection of Raymond Loewy furniture.

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