Russel Wright, ‘"Rodeo Bull"’, ca. 1930, Phillips

About Russel Wright

Russel Wright advocated a new way of living that embodied what he saw as essentially modern American values: comfort, convenience, and ease. He elucidated this lifestyle through the Guide to Easier Living (1950), a best-selling book he wrote with his wife Mary, which called for a break from the “unrealistic dream that makes home life formal and unsatisfying.” Wright designed furniture, textiles, and ceramics that worked in tandem with the guide and enabled middle-class Americans to adopt the principles he outlined in the manual. Casual buffet dinners and one-pot meals could be served in the affordable, chip-resistant, and brightly colored Iroquois China (1947) that moved between the oven and the table. The minimal clean-up maximized a host’s time with guests and exemplified Wright’s objective “to make entertaining less work and more play for everyone concerned.”

American, 1904-1976