The Studebaker Avanti was designed in 1961 in a house in the Palm Springs desert. Raymond Loewy
leased this two-room building as a place for the designers he had selected to work and sleep. Loewy and his family lived nearby in a house built in 1946-47 that was designed by local architect Albert Frey. Loewy's design team consisted of experienced designers and former Loewy employees, John Ebstein
and Bob Andrews
, as well as a young student from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena named Tom Kellogg
. The team gathered in Palm Springs
in this studio leased for the purpose of developing the new car design. Each team member had a role: Andrews and Kellogg handled the sketching, Ebstein oversaw the project, and Loewy served as the creative director.