The Wooden Doll family

- B Y  A L E X A N D E R  G I R A R D -

The first encounter with the world and work of the architect Alexander Girard is for many as a walk through a wonderland of fairytales. It represents an explosive firework of bright colours, magic shapes in a myriad of materials used for all scales of work, interior and exterior architecture, furniture, figurines, motifs and graphics. Alexander Girard was director for Herman Miller textiles from 1952 to 73 and designed more than 300 innovative fabrics, some of which enhanced Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson’s furniture.

Alexander Girard

House in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe

Alexander Girard, born in 1907 New York and raised in Florence, Italy, spent his later decades in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he and his wife made their adobe house into a laboratory for bold experimentations and amassed a collection of 106.000 pieces of folk art from all over the world, Alaska, Mexico, Poland, Ethiopia, Japan and more. Rolf Fehlbaum, son of the Vitra’s founding family, later described the home as the most fascinating house he had ever seen in the United States.

Wooden dolls

The Wooden Dolls by Alexander Girard are a large family of wooden figures representing human and animal characters. Girard designed them in 1952 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."

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.

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Wooden Dolls 1 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 1 Vitra

129,00 €
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Wooden Dolls 2 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 2 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 3 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 3 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 4 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 4 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 5 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 5 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 6 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 6 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 7 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 7 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 8 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 8 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 9 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 9 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 10 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 10 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 11 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 11 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 12 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 12 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 13 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 13 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 14 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 15 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 15 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 16 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 16 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 17 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 17 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 18 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 18 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 19 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 19 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 20 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 20 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 21 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 21 Vitra

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Wooden Dolls 22 - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Dolls 22 Vitra

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Wooden Doll Cat: small version Vitra

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Wooden Doll Dog: small version - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Doll Dog: small version Vitra

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Wooden Doll: Mother Fish & Child - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Doll: Mother Fish & Child Vitra

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Wooden Doll 1 Super Large - Limited Edition - Vitra - Alexander Girard - Furniture by Designcollectors

Wooden Doll 1 Super Large - Limited Edition Vitra

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Photography & text: vitra