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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.

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Tall Mid Century Dresser by Raymond Loewy for Mengel
By Raymond Loewy
Located in Cincinnati, OH
A chalk white very well constructed six drawer tall dresser chest with long thin aluminum pulls. By the iconic designer Raymond Loewy who touched most of American life with designs f...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Raymond Loewy

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Aluminum

Mid Century Modern Secretary Chest by Raymond Loewy for Mengel Furniture
By Paul McCobb, Raymond Loewy, Arthur Umanoff, Mengel Furniture Co.
Located in Framingham, MA
Excellent example of Minimalist 1950s design with an array of contrasting materials; wood, paint, and patinated steel legs, that show off a young Raymond Loewy's prolific future in d...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Metal

Small Credenza In White + Red Lacquer By Raymond Loewy
By Doubinsky Freres, Raymond Loewy
Located in Berkeley, CA
Origin: France Designer: Raymond Loewy Manufacturer: Doubinsky Frères France Era: 1960s Materials: Laminate Measurements: 61″ wide x 22.5″ deep x 30.75″ tall Condition: In excellent...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Raymond Loewy

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Laminate, Lacquer

Raymond Loewy for Mengel Highboy Secretary Dresser, circa 1955, Restored, Signed
By Raymond Loewy, Mengel Furniture Co.
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A desirable and rare fully restored highboy secretary dresser by Raymond Loewy for Mengel, circa 1955, comprised of a drop-front secretary with pullout / pull-out storage drawer, cub...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Wood, Oak

Dressing Table by Raymond Loewy, Model "DF2000", Edited by Doubinsky Frères
By Doubinsky Freres, Raymond Loewy
Located in Brussels , BE
Dressing table by Raymond Loewy, model "DF2000", edited by Doubinsky Frères in the 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Raymond Loewy

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Resin

Space Age Shelves by Raymond Loewy
By Raymond Loewy
Located in Brussels , BE
Space Age Valet by Raymond Loewy for the Doubinsky Brothers.
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1960s Space Age Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Glass, Plastic, Wood

  • Space Age Shelves by Raymond Loewy
  • Space Age Shelves by Raymond Loewy
  • Space Age Shelves by Raymond Loewy
  • Space Age Shelves by Raymond Loewy
H 41.93 in. W 20.08 in. D 20.08 in.
Raymond Loewy Pair of Bedside Tables by DF2000, France, 1960s
By Raymond Loewy
Located in Geneva, CH
Pair of bedsude tables, white laminate wood cabinet with white moulded plastic frond drawer By Raymond Loewy produced by Doubinsky Frères DF2000, France circa 1960s Good vintage co...
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1960s French Vintage Raymond Loewy

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Laminate, Plastic

Designer Matte Black and White Espresso Coffee or Tea Demitasse Cup by Ray Loewy
By Raymond Loewy
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful matte black or 'charcoal' and white espresso coffee or tea demitasse cup by designer Raymond Loewy. Porcelain cups have a matte black or 'charcoal' exterior and a white g...
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Mid-20th Century German Mid-Century Modern Raymond Loewy

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Porcelain

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Raymond Loewy furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Raymond Loewy furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Raymond Loewy collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 51 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Raymond Loewy were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Kipp Stewart & Stewart MacDougall, Winchendon Furniture Company and John Van Koert. Prices for Raymond Loewy furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $150 and tops out at $10,175, while pieces like these can sell for $2,600 on average.
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.

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