(1904 – 1976) was an American craftsman
and industrial designer. His tableware designs revolutionized the American home and the
way people lived in the mid 20th century.
His American Modern dinnerware was introduced in 1939 and had sold some 250 million pieces by the end of the 1950s. The original colors were Seafoam Blue, Coral, Chartreuse, Grey, White, and Bean Brown. A second set of colors included Cedar Green, Cantaloupe, Glacier Blue, and Black Chutney. Today the line is produced by Bauer Pottery of Los Angeles, for whom Wright designed after World War II. (*)
Dragon Rock, his home and studio sited on Manitoga’s hilly woodland adjacent to an abandoned quarry in Garrison, New York. He purchased in the Hudson Highlands in 1942 and built in 1950s, first during weekends and holidays, later full-time when he made Manitoga his permanent residence.
All these pictures are from Artists' Handmade Houses, a book collection of 13 homes handcrafted by the finest artists and craftsmen in America, including Russel Wright. These homes were each designed and built by the artists as an expression of their aesthetic sentiments, and in many cases, as extensions of their artwork. As such, these private domains are utterly unique and deeply imbued with each artist's singular vision and talent. (*)
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Photography by Don Freeman