Alexander Girard (1907–1993).
The wooden dolls were originally made and painted by Girard in 1963 for his Sante Fe home, in a style that is an amalgam of Latin American folk art shapes, colours and motifs. These new production versions are made from hand-painted pinewood and based on documents found in the Girard estate by the Vitra Design Museum. The eccentric figures range in height from 14cm to 30cm.
What makes it special
Girard was a gifted American designer who started out in the 1930s as an architect, and continued working as a furniture, textile and interior designer right through to the late 1980s. Most famous for his textile design work with furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, his greatest love was the folk art of Mexico and Latin America. He collected numerous pieces, which now reside at the Museum of International Folk Art in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Dolls were one of the major focuses of Girard’s collection and this limited-edition release of 11 dolls work as a decoration, toy and art installation all at once.