The Russel & Mary Wright Design Gallery Now Open At Manitoga

Mid-century designer Russel Wright, who lived from 1904 to 1976, revolutionized the American home through his contribution of inexpensive, mass produced dinnerware, furniture, appliances, and textiles.

His home, studio, and woodland garden – collectively called Manitoga – are located in Garrison, NY.

The mission of the Russel Wright Design Center is to preserve Manitoga as the embodiment of Wright’s design philosophy and his life’s work; to Demonstrate the power of land reclamation, respect for the environment, and integration in design; to inspire creativity and enhance the lives of many; and to celebrate good design for living in creative harmony with nature through tours, programs, and events.

In light of that mission, the center has recently opened the Russel & Mary Wright Design Gallery – a beautiful space with Wright’s designs on display.

Curated by Donald Albrecht, the author of Russel Wright: Creating American Lifestyle and designed by Wendy Evans Joseph,

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Will The Pandemic Be The Death Of The Open Floor Plan?

Photo credit: FRANCESCO LAGNESE

Photo credit: FRANCESCO LAGNESE

Not in recent memory have so many Americans carried out nearly every aspect of our lives—working, schooling, resting, playing, eating—at home. Spending so much time at home has meant we’ve had to rethink the way we use certain spaces, from setting up workspaces inside and out to popping up virtual happy hours from our living room sofas.

While many of these quick-fix design solutions are likely (and hopefully) temporary, there’s no doubt all of this time at home will change what we need from our homes—and thus how we want them designed—for the foreseeable future. One home design concept that may prove less desirable going forward: the open floor plan.

Used to describe homes in which two or more traditional-use rooms (like the kitchen, living room, and dining room) are combined to form a much larger space by eliminating walls that would have divided them,

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