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MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center

Prize(s) Winners in Visitor Experience & Museum Exhibition
Company Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design
Lead Designers Anita Jorgensen
Architecture Company Studio Joseph
Interior Design Company Charles Burleigh Interior Design, River Architects
Client The Russel Wright Design Center
Photo Credits Michael Biondo
Completion Date 5/14/2021
Project Location Garrison, NY
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Entry Description

Tucked away in the Hudson River Valley, the new Design Center encompasses the nationally landmarked midcentury home, serene studio, and enchanting woodland of iconic industrial designer Russel Wright. The exquisite, new gallery space tells the story of how Wright shaped our modern American lifestyle.

The state-of-the-art exhibition space connects to the House and an exterior terrace with dramatic views of the surrounding landscape. In sympathy with a domestic setting, neutral, 3000K light juxtaposes with cool daylight beyond. The concept of “invisible” lighting highlights the uniquely American midcentury forms created by Wright. Continuous ribbons of soft illumination, fitted with special spread lenses, glow from within the curvilinear architectural elements. Miniature recessed accents add sparkle to objects on the central display area.

Maintaining Wright’s aesthetic, the gallery presents the collection in a clean, uncluttered manner with no obvious lighting hardware. Lighting plays a supporting role, enhancing Wright's iconic, organically shaped objects created for “easier living”— a uniquely American lifestyle that was gracious, yet contemporary and informal.