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Alvin Lustig

Alvin Lustig (1915 - 1955) was an American book designer, graphic designer and typeface designer. Lustig has been honored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to American design. Lustig studied design at Los Angeles City College, Art Center College of Design, and independently with architect Frank Lloyd Wright at his Taliesin studio and French painter Jean Charlot. He began his career designing book jackets in 1937 in Los Angeles, California. In 1944 he became Director of Visual Research for Look Magazine. He also designed for Fortune, and Girl Scouts of the United States. In addition to his many contributions to graphic design, Lustig was an accomplished interior and architectural designer. In 1949, he designed what has become known as the "Lustig Chair" for Paramount Furniture in Beverly Hills, CA. His original design continues to inspire modern interiors and replications of the chair are still in production. Josef Albers invited him to teach at Black Mountain College in 1945, and at Yale in 1951.

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