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Girard Silhouettes

by Alexander Girard from Vitra.

girard silhouettes

Design Alexander Girard, 1965
Powder-coated steel, felt glides
Made in Germany by Vitra

Together with his friends Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures of post-war American design. While textiles was the primary focus of Girard's oeuvre, he was frequently commissioned to design complete interiors. He created the interior concepts for several restaurants; La Fonda del Sol (1961, New York), L'Etoile (1966, New York) and Compound (1967, Santa Fe), with comprehensive solutions ranging from decoration, furniture and tableware to napkins, business cards and matchboxes.

In 1965 he was commissioned to design the New York restaurant La Reserve and created a series of charming metal figures that appear to be dancing: Silhouettes. They were to be positioned between the dining tables, adding a cheerful touch to the ambience, while simultaneously serving as attractive partitions between guests.

The restaurant La Reserve unfortunately never came into being, but the plans and drawings by Alexander Girard were preserved and are part of the Alexander Girard Collection held by the Vitra Design Museum. Together with the Girard family, Vitra studied all the ideas developed for La Reserve, and decided to bring the Silhouettes to life, initially with the motifs Bull and Mermaid.

bull: 5" w | 2.25" d | 11"
mermaid: 5" w | 2.25" d | 11.25"

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Alexander Girard

Alexander Girard was an architect and a textile designer born in New York City and raised in Florence Italy. Girard is widely known for his contribution in the field of American textile design, particularly through his work for Herman Miller.
Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of space through the power of design. A central goal of Vitra is sustainable development. Trendy styling is avoided in favor of classic pieces that can be used for decades.


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