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Guide to the Luis Rey student work, 1964-1967

Collection Overview


Kellen Design Archives

Collection Identifier



Rey, Luis A.


Luis Rey student work, 1964-1967


0.5 linear ft: 1 portfolio


Luis Rey graduated from the Interior Design Department of Parsons School of Design in 1967. The collection consists of student projects, primarily in the form of drawings and plans, executed by Rey for his courses between 1964 and 1967.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Luis Rey student work, KA.0116, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Biographical Note

Luis A. Rey was born in Lima, Peru. After studying engineering, Rey came to New York City in 1962, where he met William Raiser, a designer for Raymond Loewy. Raiser, an active member of the Parsons School of Design Alumni Association and its president from 1964 to 1966, encouraged Rey to consider studying interior design at Parsons School of Design.

Rey began his studies in the Interior Design Department of Parsons in 1964. In his second year, he placed second in the undergraduate category for the national NSID Scholarship Awards. Rey graduated in 1967 and formed a partnership with classmates Barbara Green and Howard Kaplan. Although Rey and Kaplan soon left the partnership for other opportunities, Green continued the firm for many years. As a young designer, Rey also designed for SLS Environetics and Luss, Kaplan & Associates. In 1972, following a friend's introduction, he joined the staff of McMillen, Inc., where he has worked as a designer ever since. He has served as president of the firm since 2002.


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Scope and Contents of Collection

The collection consists of Luis Rey's student work, executed while attending Parsons School of Design between 1964 and 1967. The projects consist primarily of renderings, drawings, and plans. Residential, commercial, and furniture design projects are included. At the time of Rey's enrollment, Parsons offered a three-year certificate program. Third year projects represent Rey's work at the conclusion of his Interior Design education at Parsons.

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Organization and Arrangement

Projects are arranged chronologically by the academic year in which Rey created them.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Kellen Design Archives - February 24, 2014

66 5th Ave./
lobby level
New York, NY, 10011

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Luis Rey student work, KA.0116, box __, folder __, New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Luis Rey to the New School Archives, 2010.

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Related Materials

An audio oral history interview with Luis Rey, conducted by Parsons faculty member Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, will be found in the New School Archives and Special Collections' Oral History collection, in Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons (1955-1985) oral history project (PC.07.01.04).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Corporate Name(s)

  • Parsons the New School for Design. Interior Design Department.


  • Renderings.
  • Student projects.


  • Furniture design -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.
  • Interior decoration -- Study and teaching -- New York (State) -- New York -- 20th century.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the Luis Rey student work, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/KA0116.

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Collection Inventory

First year projects, 1964-1965 
k_14 7
k_OSxx-4 4
Second year projects, 1965-1966 
k_OSxx-4 6
Second year projects: Group project with drawings by Chuck Frau [?], 1965-1966 
k_OSxxx-5 2
Third year projects, 1966-1967 

Includes drawings for a project at 860 United Nations Plaza for a class taught by Allen Tate.

k_OSxx-4 5
Third year projects: Plans for a cardboard chair, 1967 Mar 26 
k_OSxxx-5 2

Collection Guide Last Updated: 02/28/2017

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