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Gordon Florian (1909-1984)
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Gordon Florian

Gordon Florian (1909-1984)

           U. S. industrial designer who studied at Yale University of Fine Art in New Haven, CT, and at the Grand Central School of Art in New York. In 1931 he was hired as a market analyst at General Electric’s  headquarters in Bridgeport, CT, and in 1933, joined Ray Patten’s new Appearance Design group. In 1940, he became assistant director under Patten, and assisted in the design of  the passenger (PA) and freight (FA) versions of the American Locomotive Company (Alco) and GE diesel locomotives.

          By 1946 Florian left GE to open his own design office in Bridgeport.He became a member of the Society of Industrial Designers (SID) and participated in an SID product design seminar at Lehigh University in 1949, lecturing on design analysis. He had taught design at the Junior College of Connecticut, which became the University of Bridgeport  after the war, and in 1949, he established a four-year industrial design program there. From 1950 to 1954 he lectured to engineering and business students at MIT.

         A lifelong artist of landscapes and a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society, he exhibited all over the East Coast, including Silvermine. In 1984 he was named Fairfield (Connecticut) ‘Artist of the Year.’



Excerpted from “Designers of the Machine Age” by Carroll Gantz, to be published 2014 by McFarland & Company, Inc.


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.