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‘The Kitchen Buffet’, illustration by James Kingsland

‘The Kitchen Buffet’, illustration by James Kingsland. Mary and Russel Wright, 'Guide to Easier Living', New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954 (1950). Permission Russel Wright Studios CC-BY.

Mary and Russel Wright, Guide to Easier Living, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954 (1950). Permission Russel Wright Studios CC-BY.

Hosting domestic dinner parties without the assistance of staff is a major topic of twentieth-century domestic advice. Mary and Russel Wright, leading designer of casual mid-century modern ceramics, proclaim the social benefits of buffet suppers and asking guests to clear up after the meal. Illustrator James Kingsland here provides a clear picture of how the tradition-busting buffet supper works for home entertaining.