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Alexander Girard

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ISBN 10: 3945852056 / ISBN 13: 9783945852057
Published by Vitra Design Museum Mrz 2016, 2016
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Neuware - Alexander Girard (1907-1993) was one of the most important modern textile artists and interior designers of the twentieth century. He worked closely with designers such as Charles Eames and George Nelson and combined Pop Art and Folk Art influences to create a colourfully opulent aesthetic language, whose impact continues to be felt today. The richly illustrated catalogue draws on the vast holdings in Alexander Girard's private estate, which were exhaustively investigated for the first time at the Vitra Design Museum. The book presents the entire oeuvre of the multitalented Italian-American designer in all its facets while offering the first scholarly critical examination of his work. Six essays address Girard's textile creations and graphic design for the furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, important interior design projects such as the Irwin Miller House in Columbus, Indiana (1953) and the restaurant La Fonda del Sol in New York (1960), his activities as a pioneering exhibition organizer and curator, his roots in Italy and his passion for folk art, which resulted in a collection of more than 100,000 objects and served as one of the most important sources of inspiration for his own work. In addition to extensive portfolios with never-before-shown archive material, the publication also provides the first comprehensive biography and a complete list of works. Alexander Girard (19071993) was one of the most important modern textile artists and interior designers of the twentieth century. He worked closely with designers such as Charles Eames and George Nelson and combined Pop Art and Folk Art influences to create a colourfully opulent aesthetic language, whose impact continues to be felt today. The richly illustrated catalogue draws on the vast holdings in Alexander Girards private estate, which were exhaustively investigated for the first time at the Vitra Design Museum. The book presents the entire oeuvre of the multitalented Italian- American designer in all its facets while offering the first scholarly critical examination of his work. Six essays address Girards textile creations and graphic design for the furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, important interior design projects such as the Irwin Miller House in Columbus, Indiana (1953) and the restaurant La Fonda del Sol in New York (1960), his activities as a pioneering exhibition organizer and curator, and his passion for folk art, which resulted in a collection of more than 100,000 objects and served as one of the most important sources of inspiration for his own work. In addition to extensive portfolios with never-before-shown archive material, the publication also provides the first comprehensive biography and a complete list of works. 512 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9783945852057

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Title: Alexander Girard

Publisher: Vitra Design Museum Mrz 2016

Publication Date: 2016

Binding: Buch

Book Condition:Neu

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Alexander Girard (1907?1993) was one of the most important modern textile artists and interior designers of the twentieth century. He worked closely with designers such as Charles Eames and George Nelson and combined Pop Art and Folk Art influences to create a colourfully opulent aesthetic language, whose impact continues to be felt today. The richly illustrated catalogue draws on the vast holdings in Alexander Girard?s private estate, which were exhaustively investigated for the first time at the Vitra Design Museum. The book presents the entire oeuvre of the multitalented Italian- American designer in all its facets while offering the first scholarly critical examination of his work. Six essays address Girard?s textile creations and graphic design for the furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, important interior design projects such as the Irwin Miller House in Columbus, Indiana (1953) and the restaurant La Fonda del Sol in New York (1960), his activities as a pioneering exhibition organizer and curator, and his passion for folk art, which resulted in a collection of more than 100,000 objects and served as one of the most important sources of inspiration for his own work. In addition to extensive portfolios with never-before-shown archive material, the publication also provides the first comprehensive biography and a complete list of works.

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Girard's sophisticated sense of color and willingness to create things that were more folksy, even charming, within high Modernism is part of his continued appeal, bringing a warmth and humanity to design in an era of hard-edged, gridded corporate design that could appear cold and forbidding.--Angela Riechers "Eye on Design "

A rich testament to one of modernism's most prodigious and prolific talents.--Edward M Gomez "Hyperallergic "

Alexander Girard's collage principle is once again very much in fashion, succeeding as it does in breaking both with the ideology of the 'new' that underpinned Modernism, but also with the indifferent anything goes attitude of Post-Modernism. In Girard's pieces, his own designs enter into a harmonious dialog with the found, the glossy new with the signs of use.--Annette Tietenberg "StylePark "

Girard's work restored what classical modernism had rejected in design: color, ornamentation, and folk motifs. He combined craftsmanship and pop culture with ingenious ease, and anticipated the colorful language of postmodernism.... the first scholarly examination of Girard's oeuvre.--Jana Perkovic "Blouin Artinfo "

A landmark... looks beyond the iconic textiles and patterns to reveal a hitherto unseen side of Girard.--Avinash Rajagopal "Metropolis Magazine "

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