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wooden dolls by alexander girard

by Alexander Girard from Vitra.

wooden dolls by alexander girard

Design Alexander Girard, 1952
Solid firwood, hand painted
Made in Poland by Vitra

Alongside Charles and Ray Eames as well as George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the decisive figures in post-War American design. The focus of his broad oeuvre was on textile design, and a key source of inspiration for him was his passion for the popular art of South America, Asia and East Europe. The Wooden Dolls, which Girard created for his own home in Santa Fe and made himself, are likewise inspired by his own extensive collection of works of popular art. Half decorative element, half toy, the Wooden Dolls were originally intended only for personal use. Based on documents and originals found in the Girard Estate held by the Vitra Design Museum, the partly joyful, partly grim-looking company of dolls is now coming out as a limited edition as a charming enhancement to any interior.

Alexander Girard was educated in Europe as an architect. Returning to the United States in 1932, his designs defined a new kind of "opulent modernism," a look that became synonymous with 1960s America. His pioneering work in fabric design as well as his innovative commercial and residential interiors, captivated the public with their theatricality. Girard described himself as "a reasonable and sane functionalist, tempered by irrational frivolity."

Each doll is delivered with a brochure in a high-quality, printed wooden box.

doll #1: 2" d | 1.5" w | 10.75" h *feathers may be different than pictured
doll #2: 1.75" d | 3" w | 7.25" h
doll #3: 3.25" d | 1.75" w | 5.75" h
doll #4: 3.25" d | 1.75" w | 10.6" h
doll #5: 2" d | 1.5" w | 10.6" h
doll #6: 2.75" d | 1.75" w | 6.9" h
doll #7: 1.75" d | 1.5" w | 12" h
doll #8: 2.75" d | 1.6" w | 8.25" h
doll #9: 1.75" d | 2.4" w | 8" h
doll #10: 1.75" d | 3" w | 6.25" h *feathers may be different than pictured
doll #11: 3" | 1.75" | 7.75" h
doll #12: 1.75" d | 3.25" w | 7" h
doll #13: 1.75" d | 2.75" | 6.9" h
doll #14: 1.75" d | 2" w | 10.25" h
doll #15: 1.75" d | 2.75" w | 6" h
doll #16: 1.4" d | 1.75" w | 9.9" h
doll #17: 1.25" d | 2.75" w | 5.75" h
doll #18: 1.9" d | 2.9" w | 6" h
doll #19: 1.9" d | 3" w | 6" h
doll #20: 1.75" d | 2" w | 9.25" h
doll #21: 1.9" d | 3" w | 7.25" h
doll #22: 1.4" d | 1.25" w | 9.25" 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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