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Is This the 1960 Pad of Industrial Designer Raymond Loewy?

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According to the Library of Congress's Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, in 1960 Raymond Loewy—presumably the French-born American industrial designer who, by way of Airforce One, Lucky Strike cigarettes, and Coca-Cola, "basically created Americana"—lived in this bay-windowed apartment on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. Inside? A wall-sized matador print, for one, plus stripey couches, a living room "bar alcove," a bamboo credenza, and a jukebox. Everything is bouquet'd together in a decidedly midcentury matter, helped along by plenty of orb lighting, ankle-height tables, and bleached parquet wood floors. Have a look, below.

· Raymond Loewy, apartment at 900 5th Ave. [Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, Library of Congress]
· All Monochromes posts [Curbed National]
· All Dwelling posts [Curbed National]
· All 1960s posts [Curbed National]