Monday, August 10, 2009

Alexander Girard wooden dolls

I just realized what's missing on my new shelves... (oh, I can make room) – a couple of Girard's wooden dolls. Of course. In case you don't know anything about this guy, here's some info I bluntly copied from
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 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 charming enhancement to any interior.

Indeed. But: they are very expensive. And not very likely to turn up at any flea market, I'm afraid. Anyway, these are my favorites:

1 comment:

Slices of Beauty... said...

Cute idea of wooden dolls!