One of the twentieth-century's most famous industrial designers, Raymond Loewy, (1893 -1986); is often mistakenly credited for the original thin-line "boomerang-shaped" design. In 1954, Loewy was hired by Formica to redefine Steven's Skylark pattern in a range of new colors. The Formicaź Brand patterns became known as the Boomerang patterns.
Loewy industrial designs grace everything from logos to locomotives. You probably are familiar with many products that are Loewy designs, including: The classic Coke bottle, the U.S. Post Office, Shell, and Exxon logos; Lucky Strike package; several post-war Studebaker automobiles, (including the Avanti, the only auto to ever be exhibited in the Louvre); several streamlined buses, trains and ocean liners; as well as the "space-age" interior designs of JFK's Air Force One, Concorde, Apollo, and Skylab. Loewy authored "Industrial Design" in 1979. A quick eBay search shows his continued popularity among collectors.
French-born and educated, Loewy became a U.S. citizen in 1938. His clients included: Bulova, Coca-Cola, Dorsett Boats, Formica, Greyhound Bus, Hallicrafters Radio, IBM, International Harvester, NASA, the Pennsylvania Railroad, Seth Thomas, and Studebaker. He was first on the cover of Time magazine in 1949. By 1960, he had a staff of 180. His US offices filed for bankruptcy in 1977, closing US locations but keeping European offices open. Loewy died in 1986, nearly penniless.
There is no direct evidence that suggests Loewy ever did industrial design work for H.H. Scott. But Loewy's design philosophy is not a deeply intellectual one. He summarized it with the acronym "MAYA" -- "Most Advanced, Yet Acceptable."
The proliferation of clean, functional, and dynamic products that emerged from H.H. Scott's own internal design staff, most certainly were indirectly influenced by Loewy's "MAYA" design philosophy. Hermon Hosmer Scott was fond of calling his approach "Packaged Engineering." The 1953 introduction of the streamlined, H.H. Scott 99-A Integrated Amplifier (with its low-flat packaging), made Hi-Fi acceptable in living rooms around the world, right next to those stylish new "Boomerang" kitchen and bathroom decors.