Wright at Home: 1930-1965
While airport terminals aren't necessarily known as venues for stellar art exhibits, it's always a nice surprise to find some visual stimulation while floating down the conveyor belt in a travel-prepped daze. Currently, there’s an excellent Russel Wright exhibit in SFO’s United Terminal called Wright at Home: Modern Lifestyle Design 1930-1965, which is guaranteed to please traveling enthusiasts of mid-century style, though not necessarily guaranteed to prevent flight delays or lost baggage.
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- Industrial designer Russel Wright helped define American postwar living through his tableware, books, and furniture.
- Storied California ceramics company Bauer Pottery opens its first showroom in Tokyo, a mirror of the original in Los Angeles.
- In the following pages, we toast American ingenuity by highlighting furniture and accessories designed and fabricated across four regions of the continental United States.
A bellwether in America’s shift in taste toward modern design, potter and artist Russel Wright’s 1937 American Modern line of dishes and tableware has all the clean, expressive warmth you’d want on the dining table. And yes, that even goes for the creamer.
- Here are ten of our favorite furniture and accessory designs from the four-part coast Made in America series (Midwest, Northeast, South, and West Coast) in our July/August issue celebrating…
Russel Wright believed in taking the chore out of entertaining, making preparing food, dining, and even cleaning up afterwards all part of an easy-going, social experience. His iconic American Modern dishware became a mid-century signature in homes across America, and the smooth lines of this creamer wouldn't look out of place in a contemporary kitchen today.
This exhibition, the first major study of modern California design, will examine the state's role in shaping the material culture of the entire country with more than 350 objects, comprising furniture, ceramics, metalwork, graphic and industrial design, film, textiles, and fashion. The exhibition begins by tracing the origins of a distinctive California modernism in the 1930s, including work by Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, and their contemporaries. It then explores the design innovations made possible by the conversion of World War II technologies to peace-time use, exemplified by the plywood and fiberglass furniture pioneered by Charles and Ray Eames. The heart of the exhibition focuses on the modern California home, famously characterized by open plans and indoor/outdoor living and furnished with products from companies such as Heath Ceramics, Van Keppel-Green, and Architectural Pottery. Many of the furnishings for these homes were produced by other important companies and designers whose work will be a revelation to museum audiences. The show concludes by exploring how 'The California Look' was disseminated by exhibitions, magazines, shops, and films throughout America and the world.
Crafted from durable, shatterproof melamine, this cream and sugar set is perfect on it's own to add a pop of color to your table or coordinated with any other pieces from the award-winning Russel Wright collection. BPA Free. Dishwasher safe.