collecting russel wright

by:Merttace     2019-11-24
Richard hornog.
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Today, the name Russell Wright has caused us to not understand, even some people in the design field, which proves our fickle taste.
But from the end of 1930s to 1950s
Wright is one of the leading industrial designers in the United States. His name is a household name.
He of tableware sold the 1939 to 1946, 0. 14 million thing;
In 1951, life easier, written by him and his wife Mary, has been a popular domestic guide for many years.
Russell Wright\'s special genius, who died in 1976, is now known mainly to some impassioned fans.
Including Andy Warhol.
\"The real reason I collect Russell Wright is because Carnival supplies are so expensive,\" he admits. \"who is chasing him?
More seriously, he added, \"I like his plate very much.
My favorite color is gray.
\"But some collectors are catching up.
Those with knowledge of American design for the ages of 30 and 40 recognized Russell Wright as he was an excellent designer and grabbed whatever they could get.
Prices are rising steadily. Mr.
Wright is a staunch believer and originator of modern American design.
His works appear in interesting, monotonous tones.
Seafoam blue, Curry, granite Ash, Bean Brown-
This is too outdated to find on the color chart today.
But his \"American Modern\" tableware will certainly add a lot to the table of a young couple who are about to pass in the Great Depression.
A lot of people are likely to be fed from his plate when the child is.
Advertising of his time
Wright is a maverick in industrial design.
On 1933, he announced that American housewives should introduce diversity at home, designing many double-sided furniture and three-piece sofas for Heywood Wakefield.
AdvertisementHe later developed the first line of utensils \"from the stove to the table\" with his plastic plates, wooden salad bowls and aluminum ingots being the first batch.
In 1932, he designed the first batch-produced piano for Wurlitzer. Mr.
Wright insisted that Americans should break the European tradition in the \"skyscrapers of ours --
Our buildings and streets, our fat farm buildings, our sparkling traffic Rivers . . . . . . Our handsome business machine.
During the Great Depression, he believed that European decorations should be made available to the widest possible public at the lowest possible price in a functional, modern, American-style.
His \"American Modern\" furniture collection was first designed for conantball in 1935 and sold by Macy\'s to put this idea into practice.
Mr. Wright used the wood of our pioneers, the maple tree.
By canceling the veneer, the cost is maintained at a lower level.
But what is lost in the grace of the old world is the practical, sturdy and simple forms made up in the new world, like craftsmen.
Later, he introduced the Maple finish of \"blonde eyes (
The name was his wife\'s idea)
This has become a typical representation of late30 furniture.
Subsequently, \"American Modern\" fabrics, lamps, tablecloths, bedspread, glass, china, tableware and gifts from different manufacturers were all very popular in their time.
Other Wright designs
Mainly tableware.
Including the lines of Yi loqui, Knowles, Paden City and Stirling.
Shape and color of \"American Modern\" works
Especially China, it seems strange to us.
He wants to get rid of the geometry of his early 30 s,
Wright turned to the melting and formless form of El Salvador Dali, the then popular surrealist brand.
But he had practical concerns.
The tableware is stacked compact and the shape is easy to clean and dry, with recessed handles and raised edges designed to reduce breakage.
In theory, sir.
Wright believes that as a supplement to the food, the perfect color of a dish is the median value of gray.
In fact, even the color he uses, whether it\'s pink, red or chestnut, has a gray look.
The ad is another less well-known aspect of Mr.
Wright\'s point of view is his love for nature.
Longyan, an extraordinary house he built in N. garisonY.
Stay with the Wright family.
This is evidence of his interest in combining industrial design with magnificent designs of rocks and trees, mountains and streams.
Longyan and its adjacent studio were built on a slope of a granite quarry now filled with water in 1959 and have been planned for about 20 years.
From the outside, the flat roof house looks a bit low, reminiscent of buildings in Japan and Frank Lloyd Wright\'s house. (
It doesn\'t matter to these two people. )
The interior is a mixture of Japan, 90 post-modern and caves.
Pale silver foil on the ceiling;
A translucent plastic screen where butterflies and leaves stick between two layers;
A cedar tree in the center of the living room, stripped of bark and branches;
Simple, horizontal cabinets and exposed beams-
All of this is reminiscent of the traditional Japanese interior design.
Maple furniture (
Includes a chair whose folding arm acts as a tray when opened)
It was designed by him, and the tableware, kitchen clock, chrome floor lamp and ceramics were also designed by him.
The rough living room walls are painted, dyed in forest green, and smeared with hemlock needles;
The stairs to the restaurant are actually part of the rock slopes of the quarry, and in unexpected places the stones stand out from the wall.
The house has 11 floors and walking through it feels like walking along a somewhat irregular nature trail.
In the bathroom, the outdoor and indoor mix: the shower head protrudes from the rock wall, and the glass door next to the sunken bathtub leads exactly to the countryside outside.
Mr. Longyan is a rare example.
Wright contradicts his theory of \"easier life\"
His daughter Anne recalled that he spent a lot of time cleaning up the rocks and keeping order on all 11 levels.
By the 1960s S, designers who had been so popular had found themselves without business to do.
At that time, his lifelong interest in nature took precedence over industrial design. Mr.
Wright donated 80 acres of woodland around the house to a non-profit National Conservation Society.
He planned miles through the woods, allowing visitors to experience nature in a very personal way. Manitoga (
\"Place of great spirit \")
Open from 10: 30 a. m. M. to P. M.
On weekends, the tour starts at 2. M.
From George Washington Bridge to parlyside Park Avenue, follow this road to Bear Hill Bridge, and then, once across the bridge, turn left and travel about two miles north.
The house itself is not open to the public. Telephone: (914)424‐3812.
The design of Russel Wright effortlessly limits the lines.
Their quiet and unique shape and unconscious monotonous color, too healthy, too serious to attend the seemingly endless parade at camp 40.
But it is sad that these fragments, once produced by millions of people, are now almost gone from sight.
They evoke a more naive era, however, they are part of modern America in their simplicity.
Richard Horn is a freelance writer specializing in design.
In January, StalterStones were highlighted on the walls of Russel Wright\'s home, and the furniture was designed by him.
On the right is Andy Warhol who collects Russell Wright tableware.
A version of this file was printed on Page C1 of the New York edition on August 23, 1979 under the title: collect Russell Wright.
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