Sunday, July 19, 2009

Easy Living with Russel Wright

Betty knows that life isn’t always easy, but it can be. As mid-century design focused on function and form, Russel Wright took these ideas further. He was the first designer to create inexpensive and mass-produced lines of dinnerware, furniture, textiles, and appliances, in turn bringing modernism to the average American. But Wright's ideas went beyond clean lines and innovative design, he wanted to revolutionize the home. In 1950, Wright and his wife Mary co-wrote the best selling book “Guide to Easy Living,” in which they reject formality and suggest informal living, redefining Betty’s views on entertaining and maintaining a home.

If you really want to step back in time, you can visit Russel Wright's house, Manitoga, in Garrison, New York. Be sure to buy your tickets ahead!

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