Metal Wall Relief Arrow
Alexander Girard, 1966
The Metal Wall Reliefs are ornamental examples of wall decorations created by Alexander Girard for various interior design projects. The shape of the Metal Wall Relief Arrow was painted directly on a wall in his home in Santa Fe. The symbol also featured as a graphical element in the promotional campaign for the Textiles & Objects shop established in collaboration with Herman Miller, and was used as a decorative object within the store, indicating the way out. Selected in cooperation with the Girard family, the motifs for the Metal Wall Reliefs are made of robust metal materials.
Metal Wall Relief
Along with his colleagues Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures in American design during the post-war era. While textile design was the primary focus of Girard's oeuvre, he was also admired for his work in the areas of furniture design, graphics, exhibitions and interior architecture. Girard brought a sensuous playfulness to twentieth-century design that had been absent from the austere aesthetic of classic modernism. Alexander Girard devoted the same level of attention to every visible surface in an interior. Ceilings, walls and floors were designed with great care and coordinated with the moveable objects in the room. The Metal Wall Reliefs are ornamental examples of wall decorations created by Girard for various interior design projects, such as The Compound restaurant, exhibitions and his own house in Santa Fe. In cooperation with the Girard family, Vitra has selected several of the original motifs for the reliefs, which are made from robust metal materials.
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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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