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Harold Livingston Van Doren

industrial designer

Harold Livingston Van Doren, industrial designer. Decorated Croce di Guerra (Italy). Awarded 1st in commercial and industrial class, National Alliance Art and Industry, 1932; 1st in commercial class, Modern Plastics competition, 1936; Lord & Taylor’s American Design award Philco refrigerator, 1941.


Doren, Harold Livingston Van was born on March 2, 1895 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Charles Luther and Harriet (Clark) Van Doren.


Educated Williams College, 1913-1917 (Bachelor of Arts, 1917), Art Students League, New York, 1920-1921, Academie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris, 1922-1924, Ecole du Louvre, Paris, 1922-1923. Also private art teachers.


1. daughter, Patricia. Art editor Survey Graphic, New York, 1919-1920, field service fellowship in history of art, and lecturer Musee du Louvre, Paris, 1921-1922. Writer for mags., 1924-1927.

Assistant director Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1927-1930. Industrial designer, since 1930.


  • Author: Industrial Design—A Practical Guide, 1940, review 1954. Translator: Cezanne—His Life and Art (from the French by A. Vollard), 1923. Renoir—An Intimate Record (from the French by A. Vollard, R. T. Weaver, co-translator), 1925.

    Contributor Saturday Evening Post, House and Garden, The Arts, Encyclopedia Americana Annual, and many technical and trade publications.


Member Board of Governors Philadelphia Museum School Art. Served as 1st lieut. Ambulance Service, United States Army, 1917-1919. Fellow Royal Society Arts England, American Society Industrial Designers (vice president 1946-1947, president 1949-1950.

Member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Chi Psi.


Married Mary Huggins, April.

Charles Luther Doren

Harriet (Clark) Van Doren

Mary Huggins