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Paper Napkins

Various Designers, 1953-1961

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The designers Alexander Girard and Charles and Ray Eames were 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.

In his work as an interior designer, Girard created a number of concepts for restaurants, extending his attention to such details as menu cards, matchboxes, tableware and napkins. The Paper Napkins come in assorted motifs created by Girard for various purposes and selected by Vitra in cooperation with the Girard family.

The expansive oeuvre of Charles and Ray Eames is not limited to product design, architecture, exhibition design and cinematography, but also encompasses a large number of graphic designs, most of which were created by Ray Eames.

© Eames Office, LLC
© Eames Office, LLC

The Dot Pattern was developed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1947 and began to appear on pillows, cushions, blankets and other items from 1949 onwards. It now belongs to the growing selection of patterns and motifs featured on the Paper Napkins.

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