An American industrial designer, Van Doren was a major advocate of streamlining in product design. He studied at the Art Students League and in Paris through an art history scholarship. During his time in France, he worked among other things as a book translator and appeared in a Jean Renoir film. On his return to America, he set about streamlining an enormous range of domestic objects including a plastic radio housing for AirKing Products and a weighing scale for the Toledo Scale Company. He wrote and published Industrial Design in 1940 and in 1944 was a founder of the Society of Industrial Designers, becoming its president in 1948.
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