This week, Room by Room with FormFire Glassworks re-enters the kitchen to look at a classic of modern tableware, Russell Wright’s American Modern.
As we have been going through modern classics, it is important to remember that furniture is not the only type of iconic item that can bring immediate style to the modern home. Designed in 1939, Russel Wright’s American Modern line, currently in reproduction by Bauer Pottery, is a great example of timeless style. In a fun range of colors and with an amazing sense of form, these pieces are just as often displayed as part of home decor as they are used for the table. I have collected quite a few pieces in chartreuse and brown myself, and have just pulled them out of the cabinets to make use of them in our kitchen. Wright’s motto was that “good design is for everyone,” and the re-release of this gorgeous line has made that more possible.
To complement the strong style and colors of Wright’s pottery, simple lines and strong design are best for your other kitchen accessories. A hand-shaped oak cutting board echoes the sinuous lines of the pottery. A magnetic knife block is spare, yet practical, while a wooden salt and pepper set feel wonderful in the hand. Coasters made from vintage fabrics add and extra kick of color, while a cutout felt runner adds a touch of geometric pattern with a subtle look.
Next week I will choose a new iconic piece and give you my picks for accessorizing your modern home.
Thanks to backhomeagainvintage for the American Modern collection photo.