Feb 17th, 2009. 7:00 p.m. The Miami Design Preservation League presents "American Modernist Design: Russel, the Other Wright", as part of their Art Deco Lecture Series on February 17th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
While the famous Frank Lloyd Wright was introducing Americans to modernist architecture, the lesser-known (and unrelated) Russel Wright was bringing modern design into the American home. Beginning in 1939 with the introduction of his colorful American Modern (the most widely sold American ceramic dinnerware in history), Wright designed numerous lines of popular dinnerware, in addition to top-selling wooden furniture, spun aluminum dining accessories, and textiles.
With the marketing prowess of his wife Mary (also a talented designer), Wright's simple, practical style was influential in persuading ordinary Americans to embrace Modernism in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Wright's trademarked signature was the first to be identified with lifestyle-marketed products, paving the way for personality-driven lifestyle empires such as Martha Stewart, Ralph Lauren and others.
All attendees will be entered into a drawing to receive selected pieces of Russel Wright tableware. Scott Timm is a Russel Wright collector and enthusiast, and will display items from his personal collection to illustrate the range of Wright's genius. Timm is also director of programs and outreach for MDPL. The admission is free.
Art Deco Education Center
Historic City Hall
1130 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach. FL 33139