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Danielle Shapiro, author of the first biography of John Vassos, looks at the industrial designer’s innovations in television design. Musicorner room designed by John Vassos displayed at the American at Home Pavilion, 1940 New York World's Fair, 1940 / Richard Averill Smith, photographer. John Vassos papers, 1920-[198-]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. John Vassos (1898–1985), a Greek–American industrial designer and artist, thought deeply about the technologies of sight and sound, and what they should look and feel like. As the leading consultant designer for the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) between 1932–1975, Vassos excelled in designing radios, television, and...
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