Industrialised folk art
Alexander Girard: A Designer’s UniverseEdited by Mateo Kries, Jochen Eisenbrand
Essays by Susan Brown, Jochen Eisenbrand, Barbara Hauss, Alexandra Lange, Monica Obniski, Jonathan Olivares
Designed by Brighten the Corners
Available in English and German language editions
Vitra Design Museum, €69.90, £60, $85
Alexander Girard ‘brought together what the modern had once separated: craftsmanship and industry, folk art and modern pop culture, as well as high and low art,’ writes the Vitra Museum’s Mateo Kries in his foreword to Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe. ‘He introduced new energy, new colours, and new inspirations into the realm of design.’
Cover of Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe, designed by Brighten the Corners, featuring a sun motif from Girard’s Old Sun environmental enrichment panel for Herman Miller, 1971.
Top: Installation image at Vitra Design Museum. Photo: Mark Niedermann, 2016.
Sarah Snaith, assistant editor of Eye, visiting tutor, RCA, London
Read the full version in Eye no. 93 vol. 24, 2017
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