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Raymond Loewy Seating

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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Creator: Raymond Loewy
Raymond Loewy for Mengel Walnut, Iron and Orange Upholstery Telephone Bench
By Raymond Loewy
Located in New York, NY
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Raymond Loewy for Mengel Walnut, Iron and Gold Upholstery Telephone Bench
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American mid-century walnut telephone bench with a gold textured fabric upholstered seat next to a side table section with a single dark stained, geometrically incised drawer above a...
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Raymond Loewy for Mengel Mid Century Iron Stool
By Mengel Furniture Co., Raymond Loewy
Located in Countryside, IL
Raymond Loewy for Mengel Mid Century iron stool This stool measures: 17.25 wide x 17.25 deep x 18 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vintag...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Raymond Loewy Seating

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Iron

Set of Mid-Century Hil-Rom Hospital Waiting Room Chairs, C.1950
By The Hill-Rom Company, Raymond Loewy
Located in San Francisco, CA
About Contact us for more shipping options: S16 Home San Francisco. Sold as a set of four only. Designed to withstand the rigors of a hospital. Original mid-century hospital waiti...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Raymond Loewy Seating

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Raymond Loewy Chair
By Arvin Industries, Raymond Loewy
Located in South Charleston, WV
Measures: 28.5" tall, 15.25" wide, 18.5" deep with seat height of 16.5". Raymond Loewy for Arvin Furniture, Circa 1960's. This diminutive and petite chair is for use as a dining chai...
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Raymond Loewy seating for sale on 1stDibs

Raymond Loewy Seats are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our Raymond Loewy seating collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 3 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Raymond Loewy's original seating was created in the mid-20th century in the United States. During the modern period. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider seating by J. Robert F. Swanson, Edward Durell Stone and Mengel Furniture Co.. Prices for Raymond Loewy seating can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$990 and tops out at US$8,800, while pieces like these can sell for US$1,800 on average.
Questions About Raymond Loewy Seating
  • 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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