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Inside the 1950 HQ of Industrial Designer Raymond Loewy

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French-born American industrial designer Raymond Loewy is known for "basically creating Americana" with his designs for all-American stuff like Airforce One, Lucky Strike cigarettes, and Coca-Cola. His office, turns out, wasn't so bad-lookin' either. The Library of Congress' Gottscho-Schleisner Collection includes 1950 photos of Loewy's NYC office on Madison Avenue, a glistening midcentury beacon of pale wood walls, super thin built-in credenzas, and pretty phone operators. Have a look.

· Raymond Loewy and Associates, 488 Madison Ave. [Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, Library of Congress]
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