Russel and Mary Wright
Dragon Rock at Manitoga
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The story of modernist designers Russel and Mary Wright and their collaboration to transform their Hudson Valley estate, Dragon Rock at Manitoga, into an artistic haven.
In the mid-century era of TV dinners and suburban conformity, Russel and Mary Wright were individualists. Their home Dragon Rock at Manitoga is situated on forested woodlands, sited at an abandoned quarry located an hour north of New York City, now part of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Although best known for American Modern dinnerware, the Wrights rejected rigid modernism for a life that invited ambiguity. Mary's role as a partner, designer, and entrepreneur is explored here for the first time. This lavish volume is filled with personal histories and over one hundred stunning photographs, synthesizing multiple archives and charting the innovation of their design practice, their lives, and the development of their Dragon Rock home and the Woodland Paths of Manitoga.
PRAISE FOR RUSSEL AND MARY WRIGHT...
"Russel and Mary Wright: Dragon Rock at Manitoga shares the story of the landscape and architecture of the famed industrial design duo’s iconic Hudson Valley estate. From wooded paths around an abandoned, water-filled quarry to a glasshouse of unmatched imagination atop a dramatic rock outcropping, the Wrights meticulously plotted their home. Across 208 pages, author Jennifer Golub brings it all to life."
— Cool Hunting
"Author Jennifer Golub convincingly argues that Russell and Mary Wright’s Dragon Rock home should be included in the pantheon of iconic midcentury houses....[T]he book brings together stunning images of Wright’s industrial designs, photographs of Dragon Rock, and biographical details of the owners’ lives."