Sunday, January 04, 2009

Design History: Russel Wright

An influential Industrial Designer during the post depression years, 1930's, whose career if studied could reveal insight into opportunities for designers facing simuliar economic challenges today.

"Wright was notable for introducing modern functional forms, simplified shapes, and cheerful colors in furniture, appliances, ceramics, fabrics, and many other products used in daily life. He was largely responsible for the popularity of furniture of modern industrial design made with light-colored wood, and for the use of spun aluminum as a decorative material. His simple, sturdy forms in china, glass, and flatware were widely used and imitated. Manitoga, the Garrison, N.Y., estate and grounds he designed and once occupied, is open to the public.

Russel Wright Biography

The Russel Wright Design Center

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