NEW YORK “Good things” may be the realm of Martha Stewart now, but before she was even a glimmer in Kmart's eye, domestic doyen Russel Wright swept the mid-century United States with his iconic lines of dinnerware. His domestic philosophy of “easy living” (modern life called for casual yet stylish tools and practices) returned as the mantra at a launch event for the re-release of Wright's dinnerware.
Produced by the Susan Magrino Agency--who has also helped build Stewart's brand over the years, coincidentally--the luncheon introduced the new line to a group of journalists. The luncheon tables were set with the featured dinnerware and Wright-designed tablecloths. Guests carried their Russel Wright plates to a buffet table--easy living means no caterwaiters--where Restaurant Associates offered red cabbage and lettuce salad with sour cream and blue cheese, and rice with chicken and roasted veggies, all prepared from Wright's recipes. For dessert, Kahlua and coffee ice cream was served with coffee and biscotti.
Longtime favorites of Ebay and flea market fanatics, pieces from Wright's American Modern and Iroquois Casual lines are now being manufactured by Oneida. The event took place at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, where the ”Russel Wright: Creating American Lifestyle” exhibit of his work is on display through September.