Iroquois Casual China Dinnerware,designed by Russel Wright
The straight edges and strict geometry of objects of Good Design in the 1920s and ’30s gave way to more biomorphic forms in the 1940s and 50s. The designer Russel Wright and his wife Mary advocated a new informal way of living, and consumers welcomed the new style. This dinnerware reflects the new aesthetic in its undulating forms, and it was selected for MoMA’s 1946 Useful Objects exhibition, as seen in the tabletop arrangement from the installation. Although Iroquois Casual China was available in a range of colors, which consumers could mix and match, the MoMA curators selected all white for their display. Visitors to Useful Objects were invited to examine and handle the exhibition objects. Labels indicated where the items could be purchased and the prices, which were often a consideration for Good Design at that time.