Russel Wright (April 3, 1904 – December 21, 1976) was an American Industrial designer during the 20th century.
Russel Wright's designs were artistically distinctive and commercially successful items that helped bring modern design to the general public.
Wright was prolific in his creations, he designed dinnerware, wooden furniture, Melmac (a resin plastic), spun aluminum dinning accessories and textiles. His designs were practical in style thus the reason why ordinary Americans embraced Modernism throughout the 30's, 40's and 50's. Wrights designed an manufactured one of the most widely sold American dinnerware in history, manufactured in Steubenville Ohio by Steudbenville Pottery between 1939 and 1959.
Russel Wright paved the way for personality driven lifestyle merchandise such as the popular brands found today in your local lifestyle shop. In 1953 Russel Wrights Melmac line of plastic dinnerware, called "Residential", received the Museum of Modern Art Good Design Award.
Russel Wright’s method of design was inspired from his concept of easy, informal living. It was through his immensely popular and widely distributed housewares and furnishings that he revolutionized the way Americans lived and organized their homes in the mid 20th century. Wright's legacy continues today as his company Russel Wright Studios remains an active industrial design licensing firm. With offices in Garrison, New York and Burbank, California, Russel Wright Studios continues to work with corporate and public clients in the licensing and manufacturing of his designs and products.
D’Orlan jewelry company was founded in 1957 by Mr. Maurice J. Bradden. Bradden was a tool and dye maker by profession. He originally managed a jewelry factory in Belleville, Ontario for Avon jewelry.
In the mid 1950’s Mr. Bradden met a very well known jewelry designer in New York, his name was Marcel Boucher. Mr. Bradden became Mr.Boucher’s protégé and moved to Toronto in 1957 to open his own jewelry factory.
The D’Orlan line was distributed in 30 countries throughout the world. D’Orlan was also the worldwide manufacturer for “Lancel” and “Nina Ricci” fashion jewelry.
As a manufacturer D’Orlan tailored the Nina Ricci collection to a more sophisticated clientele, while D’Orlan was more whimsical, designed for a younger consumer. D’Orlan designed every item in house and became renowned for its high standards.
Only the finest Austrian crystal stones are used in the product. The D’Orlan line is unique insofar as most manufacturing companies buy components from other companies and simply put them together, while D’Orlan manufactured everything in house with the exception of Japanese glass polished pearls and Austrian crystal stones.