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Russel Wright: The American Modern dinnerware designer — who also created furniture and textiles — used his Garrison, New York, home as a canvas for material experimentation. “I gave up counting when I reached twenty different treatments [on the walls and doors],” Williamson writes. “Pine needles mixed in paint on the living room wall, a hundred butterflies laminated in clear plastic in his daughter’s bathroom, a door covered in the bark of a birch tree (above), and so on.”