Leslie Diamond

(1903 - 1960)

Leslie DiamondLeslie Diamond was an in-house designer for the Conant Ball Furniture Company in Gardner, MA. Best remembered today for his Modernmates line of 1947 with its strikingly contemporary lines, Diamond was responsible for a full range of Conant Ball styles from traditional to modern.

Born on May 17, 1903, Diamond is remembered by his granddaughter, Caren, remembers him as a happy and reliable person, and describes him as such: "He loved working with wood and maple was his favorite. He made a lazy susan out of bird's eye maple and he used his kids' marbles for the turntable. They had about acre garden with pear trees in each corner. They grew many vegetables for pickling and canning and also potatoes. They slaughtered their own chickens and sometimes a pig. He loved to tell jokes and he creeped us out by eating chocolate covered ants. He had a large brick fireplace in the backyard, complete with a chimney that we would barbeque on."

Another of Diamond's granddaughters, Beth, recalls her grandfather as a tall and imposing man who was a caring father and grandfather with a great sence of humor. She remembers long Sunday afternoons sitting listening to symphonies with him.

Diamond's work was included in several important museum exhibitions during the mid-century, including the seminal "Furniture of Today" show held at the Rhode Island Institute of Design's museum in 1948.

Diamond passed away in June of 1960 after suffering a stroke.

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10-012. Leslie Diamond Modernmates corner desk

10-012. Leslie Diamond
Modernmates corner desk
Found on June 05, 2010

05-088. Leslie Diamond Modernmates 8004 Nesting Tables

05-088. Leslie Diamond
Modernmates 8004 Nesting Tables
Found on July 30, 2005

05-031. Leslie Diamond Modernmates 7104 Arm Chair

05-031. Leslie Diamond
Modernmates 7104 Arm Chair
Found on March 12, 2005

05-017. Leslie Diamond Modernmates 8004 Nesting Tables

05-017. Leslie Diamond
Modernmates 8004 Nesting Tables
Found on February 12, 2005

04-071. Leslie Diamond Modernmates 7408 Side Chairs

04-071. Leslie Diamond
Modernmates 7408 Side Chairs
Found on November 06, 2004

04-063. Leslie Diamond Modernmates 6301 Cupboards and 6401 China Cabinet

04-063. Leslie Diamond
Modernmates 6301 Cupboards and 6401 China Cabinet
Found on October 02, 2004

04-052. Leslie Diamond Modernmates 3-drawer desk

04-052. Leslie Diamond
Modernmates 3-drawer desk
Found on September 01, 2004