Wright or Wrong
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BR: Before Russel. AR: After Russel.
Well before Martha, there was designer Russel Wright.
In the 1950s Russel and Mary Wright changed the way
Americans entertain and live forever.
In effect, you have him to thank for table hopping and air kissing.
Why do you need to know about him? Because you don't know anything about stylish
living if you cannot speak smartly about the Wrights.
Russel and Mary introduced casual living and socialising, allowing guests
to mingle. They invented:
Simple one entree focused meals.
He is the grandfather of American lifestyle and what we call today American Modern.
And were it not for him, we'd all still be sitting on plastic covered Louis 13 chairs.
Before the Wrights, dinners were lavish, uptight affairs with square tables and
"company" tableware. Decor was stiff and European.
We think the continuing popularity of Eames, Baker and Stickley wouldn't be possible
without Russel Wright.
Jonathan Adler' pottery and Moss furniture would look VERY different!
People who know about Wright (now you) are avid.
Check out how feverishly they bid for his original chinaware at eBay!
The first to use a certain blue glaze, his pitcher in that dusty baby blue is a
Now a small revival is in the coming.
First their classic book, kind of like an entertaining for dummies, the
Guide to Easier Living has been re-released.
If you can ignore the funny diagrams on how to improve your bed making (like a step chart for
doing the box step), you'll notice how every last detail on living is covered.
We loved best the pioneering advice on what housework men were to do at home showing
how this pioneering couple divided up the chores.
Daughter Ann Wright has also released his
Menu Cookbook, conveniently broken up into menus
such as "German Dinner for a Cold Night" and "Green and White Cocktail Party".
Russel's collectible, simple, elegant china has also just been reissued by Oneida, including the beautiful blue
classic pitcher. Priced affordably to make the Wrights proud, we're expecting a "run" on the inventory.
And up in Garrison, New York, Russel's 75 acre home and gardens is a historic preservation.
From furniture to how rooms look to what guests do when visiting
to what Americans eat, it ALL came from the Wrights.
Guide to Easier Living
Russel Wright's Menu Cookbook
Russel Wright Collector's Guide