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Born in La Linea de la Concepción, Spain in 1918, Mayén earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Cooper Union Art School in New York City and a Masters degree from Columbia during WWII. He taught classes in advertising design at Cooper Union and New School in New York. Many of Mayen's lamps, tables, and other furniture remain on permanent exhibit in the Industrial Design Department at the Museum of Modern Art. Another of his pieces, a red cubical sculpture, is on display on a coffee table in Fallingwater’s living room - the famous vacation house built by Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1950s.
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