Friday, March 23, 2012

Alexander Girard

I just came from a fantastic presentation by Todd Oldham about the great Alexander Girard.  Part interior designer, part graphic designer, part industrial designer Girard was a master at everything he touched!  From creating beautiful textiles with (for the time) outrageous bold color schemes, exquisite graphic posters with beautifully unique text, to lovely folk art inspired dolls for his children were all crafted with the utmost attention to detail.  He broke the rules in an exciting way and was at the forefront of design working along side Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Emilio Pucci.  Here is just a small sampling of his work:

I would also recommend checking out the Alexander Girard book by Todd Oldham and Kiera Coffee:

Its big and expensive but has beautiful photographs and is full of details of his work and life

Folk art inspired dolls originally made for his children, these have been reproduced by Vitra

I love his use of color, texture, and line.  The book really illustrates his love of juxtaposing unexpected colors and shapes.  His work translates so well to our modern aesthetic sometimes it's hard to believe his work is mid-century and his graphic work was absolutely genius!  If you are looking for a little inspiration, Alexander Girard is someone to check out!

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