Although designed way back in 1937, Russel Wright’s American Modern Teapot continues to impress and inspire today.
The teapot is part of his American Modern range and demonstrates Wright’s interest in the use of sculptural forms, softened edges and references to natures, theories shared with fine artists such as Jean Arp, and designers such as the Eames’ and Saarinen. But don’t be fooled by high-brow design ideas, these were products designed for the mass-market and the American Modern range sold over 250 million pieces during the 1940s and 1950s, and remains the most widely sold American dinnerware. The reissued version of the teapot is available in midcentury-friendly colours of chartreuse, granite and sea-foam. Sadly its £69.50 price tag pitches it somewhere above its humbler origins, but it now has the cache of being a recognised design classic.
Buy the teapot online at Twenty Twenty One.