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Vitra’s Wooden Doll #18

March 19, 2012

Vitra releases the latest piece in its collection of colourful, folk-inspired Wooden Dolls – originally designed by Alexander Girard in the 1960s.

Swiss design brand Vitra has added a new piece to its Wooden Doll collection, originally designed by Alexander Girard in the 1960s.

Part decorative piece and part toy, the dolls encapsulate Girard’s love of the bright colours and bold patterns found in folk art. Each of the dolls has its own expression and form, with hand painted details that give each piece a unique personality and charm. Girard drew much of his inspiration from the popular art of South America, Asia and East Europe, and these colourful characters were inspired by his own extensive collection of folk art.

Girard first made the dolls for his own home in Santa Fe. The new versions produced by the Vitra Design Museum are made from solid pinewood and hand painted, inspired by the original pieces found in the Girard Estate. The 18th doll is the latest piece to be added to the collection.

Born in New York and raised in Florence, Girard was an important figure in mid-century American design. An architect and textile designer, he was a contemporary of Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, and spent several years as the director of the Fabric Division at Herman Miller.

The Vitra Wooden Dolls are available in Australia through Space Furniture.


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