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If this set of images and “The Jetsons” prove anything, the ’60s vision of the 21st century laid out a much more handsome aesthetic than the actual 21st century itself. Here we delve deep into an abandoned relic as photographer Max Touhey documents the TWA terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport. Opened in 1962, this is the handiwork of midcentury design icon Eero Saarinen, best known for his time at Knoll and partnership with Charles and Ray Eames. Closed to the public since 2001, the late, great Trans World Airlines called on the Finnish maker to apply his bold, neofuturistic style to an entire airport terminal; such was the airline’s clout at the time.

All sweeping lines, clean concrete, deep red textiles, soft curves, organic forms and dramatic staircases, the project was a celebration of travel, placing importance on form, function and a more human experience. Seen both in its smallest detail and as a whole, this dusty time capsule is nothing short of a master-piece. Touhey comments, “Even when I’m really excited to shoot a space, if it stands the hype the excitement still drops off at a certain point. But TWA is different. You can stand in 100 different places and still be in awe.” With plans to turn it into a ’boutique’ hotel, we can only hope the developers appreciate exactly what they’re working with.

Words by Lena Dystant