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Renwick, William Crosby

Carroll Gantz
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Bill Renwick received an architectural degree in 1937 and a masters degree in architecture in 1940 from Princeton University. He was on the freshman football team that beat Yale, and designed the reunion outfits and graphics. From 1941 to 1946 he was a materials engineer for the U.S. Navy. In 1946 he became a product designer for Raymond Loewy Associates, and from 1951 to 1957 was vice president of product design for George Nelson Inc. He designed the now famous "Bubble Lamps" of 1953 for the Howard Miller Clock Company by using the cocooning material used to mothball battleships. From 1957 to 1963, he was president of Renwick, Thompson & Grove, Industrial Designers, and in 1963, he established and headed a design department for the Dow Corning Corporation. Bill was president of the American Society of Industrial Designers (ASID) from 1962 to 1963 and from 1966 to 1982 was design director for the Brunswick Corporation.

100 Years of Design consists of excerpts from a book by Carroll M. Gantz, FIDSA, entitled, Design Chronicles: Significant Mass-produced Designs of the 20th Century, published August 2005 by Schiffer Publications, Ltd.
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