images: © Leslie Williamson, from Handcrafted Modern: At Home with Midcentury Designers (George Nakashima's reception house, Eva Zeisel's home, J.B. Blunk's home)
For a name lover, Leslie Williamson's Handcrafted Modern delivers as many pleasing names as beautifully crafted homes. And one can't help but notice, yet again, that interesting names can so easily be found amidst the world of design. Below are the names of each designer Williamson profiled in her book, along with the names of some family members that caught my eye upon further digging.
I'm pretty excitedly awaiting Leslie's second book, Handcrafted Modern Europe. If her previews are any indication, it's going to be amazing.
Wharton Esherick (Ruth, daughter)
George Nakashima (Mira, daughter)
Harry Bertoia (Brigitta, wife. Val, son)
Russel Wright (Mary, wife)
Jens Risom (Henny, wife)
Eva Zeisel (Jean, daughter)
Vladimir Kagan (Illya, daughter)
Irving Harper (Belle, wife)
Walter Gropius (Ise, wife. Ati, daughter)
Charles Eames (Lucia, daughter)
'Ray' Eames (Bernice Alexandra)
'J. B.' Blunk (James)
John Kapel (Jerry, partner)