|Raymond Loewy is called “the father of industrial design” for a reason. |
He took ugly consumer items — pencil sharpeners, refrigerators — and made them beautiful.
He designed cars that were a decade or more ahead of their time.
He created kitchen appliances, crockery and furniture,
and did design work for Greyhound, the U.S. Postal Service and NASA.
(The website cataloging his work is here.)
Every artifact speaks to us, reflects us. Loewy delivered the 20th century. He was not alone but his sense of vision brought form to thousands of common items. And they inspired a century of material progress that nurtured and rewarded the common (and largely unstated) belief that we can and will make a wonderful future.
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