24 November 2010

bikes + Russel Wright's Manitoga

I had previously admired the bike racks at Russel Wright's Manitoga located 60 miles north of the city of Garrison, NY and on my most recent visit last month I was thrilled to spot these bicycles locked up to it!

If not already familiar to you... Russel Wright is the mid-century modern industrial designer who is most famous for his signature dinnerware, philosophy of good design is for everyone, and also designed spun aluminum dining accessories, furniture and textiles. Manitoga ('Place of the Great Spirit' in Algonquin) is his dreamy studio and home integrated into a rocky moss filled forest accompanied by 75 acres of designed landscape which links to the Appalachian Trail. A peak via DWR Design Notes...
via DWR Design Notes
via DWR Design Notes
via DWR Design Notes
And by complete coincidence, I recently attended Leslie Williamson's presentation hosted at USM on her new fantastically lovely book 'Handcrafted Modern' - a collection of interior photographs of many highly influential mid-century designers' homes (Nakashima, Gropius, Zeisel, the Eames...). And lo and behold Russel Wright is included!

via Handcrafted Modern -- Wright's studio with a fully adjustable/retractable ceiling lamp he designed

The Russel Wright Design Center offers house + landscape guided tours May - October but you can hike the trails at Manitoga year-round.

1 comment:

  1. i would like to experience Manitoga myself someday, and Williamson's book does do a great job at tiding me over until i can make the trip.

    thank you for posting my handlebars by the way...
    (i've just put up a store for them here www.admiralsrow.bigcartel.com )


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