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Industrial designer Russel Wright helped define American postwar living through his tableware, books, and furniture.

Born at the turn-of-the-19th Century, industrial designer Russel Wright’s career began in the 1920s, when American culture began to shift toward modernity and the concept of a uniquely American lifestyle. Wright’s affordable, mass produced dinnerware and furniture were all designed around the concept of the table as the center of the home. He was best known for his serving ware, but also built furniture and appliances, and co-authored a book. Photo  of Design Icon: Russel Wright modern homeView Photos

Born at the turn-of-the-19th Century, industrial designer Russel Wright’s career began in the 1920s, when American culture began to shift toward modernity and the concept of a uniquely American lifestyle. Wright’s affordable, mass produced dinnerware and furniture were all designed around the concept of the table as the center of the home. He was best known for his serving ware, but also built furniture and appliances, and co-authored a book.

"Good informal living substitutes a little headwork for a lot of legwork. It doesn't need wealth, but it does take thought, some ingenuity and resourcefulness, and more than a little loving care to create a home that is really your own." This quote was central to Russel Wright and his wife, Mary’s, best-selling book Guide to Easier Living and can also be considered the aim of Wright’s work at large. Photo  of Design Icon: Russel Wright modern homeView Photos

"Good informal living substitutes a little headwork for a lot of legwork. It doesn't need wealth, but it does take thought, some ingenuity and resourcefulness, and more than a little loving care to create a home that is really your own." This quote was central to Russel Wright and his wife, Mary’s, best-selling book Guide to Easier Living and can also be considered the aim of Wright’s work at large.

The Iroquois True China dinnerware guarantee promised to replace your pieces for free if they chipped or broke. Russel and Mary would go do demonstrations themselves, spilling baskets of dishes on the floor to prove their mettle. Photo  of Design Icon: Russel Wright modern homeView Photos

His wife, Mary, was his team’s marketing genius and his partner in conceiving the easier living philosophy. For example, the Iroquois True China dinnerware guarantee promised to replace your pieces for free if they chipped or broke. So, Russel and Mary would go do demonstrations themselves, spilling baskets of dishes on the floor to prove their mettle.

The American Modern collection for Bauer Pottery is made in California in a variety of colorways.  Shown, is the American Modern divided vegetable bowl in chartreuse. Photo  of Design Icon: Russel Wright modern homeView Photos

The American Modern collection for Bauer Pottery is made in California in a variety of colorways. Shown, is the American Modern divided vegetable bowl in chartreuse.

First designed over 60 years ago, the Russel Wright Residential Collection is another popular collection, crafted from durable, shatterproof melamine, of which Russel was a fan. Photo  of Design Icon: Russel Wright modern homeView Photos

First designed over 60 years ago, the Russel Wright Residential Collection is another popular collection, crafted from durable, shatterproof melamine, of which Russel was a fan.

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