Raymond Lowey’s basic design philosophy was behind the creation of the interiors for Matson’s luxury liner Lurline and modern ticket office in downtown Los Angeles.
- These were the ultimate in mid-century design for California’s famous steamship line.
- Raymond Loewy, whose modern concept of everything from fountain pens to airplanes, ships, and railroad trains won him the title of America’s foremost industrial designer.
- “We translated the relaxed gay atmosphere of Hawaii into the ship’s design so that a passenger’s island vacation begins the minute he steps aboard the Lurline,” Loewy said as he arrived in Los Angeles on the famous liner.
- “We did not attempt to follow traditional lines, or any particular period instead we evolved a liveable, liveable, modern style that exemplifies contemporary American life and lends itself completely to, the colorful Polynesian decorative theme we adopted.
- Raymond Lowey said: “This combination of simplified modern design and exotic decor symbolizes the link the Lurline provides between California and Hawaii.”
- Rebuilt at the cost of $18,000,000, the 26,000-ton Matson ship returned to service following World War 2 in 1948.
- The interiors followed the Polynesian Polynesian motif, with murals, carvings, carvings, plaques, mosaics and prints by California artists.