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James Oviatt went so gaga for Art Deco that he not only had Albert Walker and Percy Eisen design a downtown Deco showcase to house his Alexander and Oviatt menswear shop, he had them top the building with a lavish penthouse for himself, and commissioned famed glass artist Rene Lalique to
install more than 30 tons of glass detailwork throughout the building. France’s Saddier et Fils created the floors and cabinetry of burl mahogany and maplewood, including what might be the world’s most elegant toilet.