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Wooden Dolls

Alexander Girard, 1952

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The Wooden Dolls by Alexander Girard are a large family of wooden figures representing human and animal characters. Girard designed them in 1953 for his own use as decorative objects in his Santa Fe home. These originals, which are part of the Girard estate in the holdings of the Vitra Design Museum, served as models for the current re-editions. Precisely replicated down to the last detail, the many different Wooden Dolls are still fabricated and painted by hand today, just like the vintage pieces by Alexander Girard. And even if the differences between them are only very slight: each wooden figure is a unique, individual product, truly one of a kind.

'I find that those of my designs which satisfy me personally are the only ones worth producing.'
Alexander Girard
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Production of Wooden Dolls
The numerous different models in the family of Wooden Dolls by Alexander Girard are lovingly hand painted one by one. This film gives an insight into the steady brushwork required for such detailed craftsmanship, and why each wooden figure is ultimately a unique object.
This product was designed by
Alexander Girard
The architect and designer Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures in American design during the postwar era. His passion for colours, patterns and textures found expression in the field of textile design, which was a focal part of his oeuvre.
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