Friday, April 5, 2013
We used to make things in this country #22: Ruspan Furniture
In the 1940s Russell Spanner began working for the wood products company operated by his family in downtown Toronto. By 1950 he had introduced a new line of "post war design" furniture. Called Ruspan Originals, this furniture continued the company's reputation of solid construction while his designs were animated and original. He designed two more lines of furniture “Catalina” (above) in 1952 and “Pasadena” in 1953 before moving the company more into contract furniture. Although the furniture caught on and was carried by department stores like Eaton's and Robert Simpson's, it's hard to find these days. Surprising, as his lively designs still have presence today.
And the whole Russell Spanner story here.