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girard ceramic containers

by Alexander Girard from Vitra.

girard ceramic containers

Design Alexander Girard, 1952
Cast ceramic, hand-glazed
Made by Vitra

"Art is only art if it is synonymous with living." - Alexander Girard

Alexander Girard's work brought a sensuous playfulness to twentieth-century design that had been absent from the austere aesthetic of classic modernism. This also finds expression in the Ceramic Containers. The three original models were made of wood, hand-turned by Girard on a lathe in his workshop. Their silhouettes are reminiscent of the traditional shapes of apothecary vessels, board game tokens or millinery blocks.

The original wooden objects are held in the Girard Archive at the Vitra Design Museum. Using these models as templates, Vitra joined together with the Girard family to develop the Ceramic Containers in cast ceramic. The hand-glazed pieces feature hues from Girard's rich color palette and can be used to store odds and ends, keys, coins or other items. The natural material lends the Ceramic Containers an artisanal flair.

Along with his colleagues Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, the designer and architect Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures in American design during the post-war era. While textile design was the primary focus of Girard's oeuvre, he was also admired for his graphic art as well as his work in furniture, exhibition and interior design.

No. 1: 7" dia. | 13" h
No. 2: 5.5" dia. | 9.75" h
No. 3: 5.5" dia. | 9.75" h

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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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