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Alexander Girard Buying Guide

“Infinite are man's expressions of beauty and love; open your eyes your ears and your heart to them and you will unite the peoples of the world.”

Alexander Girard, renowned textile designer and architect brought his talents, love of folklore and traditional art into the world of interior design in the 1940s until his death in 1993. Today Vitra have reintroduced many of Girard's designs so that we can enjoy and marvel at the genius of Girard in our homes and workplaces.

Wooden Dolls:

Inspired by his own personal collection of folklore dolls Alexander Girard created his wooden dolls range for his own home in Santa Fe. Designed to be part toy and part decorative, the dolls are the epitome of Girard's passion for traditional folk-art.

Re-created by Vitra from original dolls found at the Girard estate and the Vitra Design Museum, these delightful, colourful dolls are considered to be a charming addition to any home. They'll sit comfortably with many decorating styles, including contemporary and particularly those with a distinct leaning towards traditional folklore.

Hand painted in solid pinewood the variation in emotions the faces display adds to their quirky look. Included within the collection are dolls with real feathers used as wings or hats, as well  new cat and dog dolls launched this year.

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Colour Wheel Ottoman:

Originally part of 'The Girard Group' collection of furniture designed in 1967, the Colour Wheel Ottoman was created to bring compact colour into both working and living environments.

Vitra have reintroduced the iconic Girard Ottoman in a variety of colours to complement any interior colour scheme. These include the choice of Hopsak, with its wide triangular variegated tonal colours of red, light or dark; or alternatively the thin multi-coloured bright stripe 'Jacob's Coat' with purple being the dominant colour. These all have the distinct graphic look Girard is famed for.

Made with sturdy aluminium base and legs the Ottoman has a polyurethane foam seat. It's ideal for use as a footstool, small table or purely as a decorative piece.

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Cushions:

Famous for his use of textiles with geometric design Girard’s cushions make a welcome addition to any interior. Designed for Vitra there are plenty of patterns and colour combinations to choose from.

The collection includes classical Millerstripe, Quatrefoil, Checker and the Names Crimson on White pattern from the Maharam range.

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Wall Panels:

Girard is also famous for his creation of environmental wall panels. Decorative wall panels, developed from screen-printed graphics by Girard, these are printed onto 100% linen. These iconic designs were created to provide a touch of human warmth and emotion to work environments.

These stunning re-editions by Vitra include a range of diverse motifs to complement any style of interior. All of the designs are truly evocative and inspiring.

Available in a variety of sizes each wall panel is made from hand screen-printed linen fabric mounted onto a MDF panel.

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Hexagonal Table:

Designed by Girard in 1967, the Hexagonal Table has a beautiful striking top inscribed with a 216 three-dimensional triangular patterns in highly polished aluminium. This reflective surface bounces light creating a stunning geometric pattern on a wall.

With splayed legs supporting the six-sided hexagonal top the polished die cast aluminium table is both practical and playful.

Small and beautifully formed, the Hexagonal Table exhibits jewel-like qualities with a perfect balance of practicality and elegance. A new addition to the Vitra stable launched in late 2014.

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Vitra Love Mug:

The Vitra Love Mug presents one of Alexander Girard’s most iconic designs. As an interior designer, his work has included everything from colour schemes to creating a range of furniture pieces. His work continues to inspire and is now incorporated into smaller home furnishings including this Vitra Love Mug- the perfect accessory for turning a house into a home.

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Knoll Girard Coffee Table:

The Girard Coffee Table was introduced into the Knoll catalogue in 1948. It reflects Girard's passion for organic shapes and clean lines. The tabletop incorporates a 45 degree bevelled edge, bringing mid-century aesthetics along with Girard's personal view that 'Art is only art when it is synonymous with living' seamlessly together.

Available in solid walnut, natural oak or an ebonised oak tabletop with black powder coating steel legs, it's suitable for use as either a coffee table or side-table.

A modern classic the Girard Coffee Table remains a fabulous addition to any home or office.

 

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With so many wonderful Girard pieces to choose from you'll find it's never been easier to bring iconic design into your living space.

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