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Eliot Noyes

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Part of the raft of Harvard-trained mid-century American designers, Eliot Noyes (1910-1977) is most notable for his work in corporate America. His clients included IBM, Mobil Oil and institutions like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and if any one person can be said to have laid the groundwork for American corporations's adoption of the International Style, it's Noyes. A member of the Harvard Five, Harvard-educated architects and designers who lived and worked in New Canaan, Connecticut like Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson and others, Noyes was an early champion of the work of Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen. One of his biggest projects was the IBM Selectric typewriter, and worked designing buildings for IBM, advising the company on design and work-flow and engaging architects like Saarinen, Breuer, and Mies Van der Rohe do design their buildings around the world.
 

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