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 out as a limited edition and is a beautiful accessory in any home.
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.”
The dolls are made of solid fir wood, hand painted, numbered and presented in a wooden box with a brochure. The perfect gift for the mid-century lover.