Friday, January 18, 2008
An Homage to Alexander Girard
Alexander Girard Print (for matchbook covers) @ La Fonda Del Sol Restaurant -1961
Alexander Girard Pillows -2007
Jeff Canham Print for Roxy Clothing -2007
Jonathan Adler Sun Ornament -2007
Alexander Girard is probably the least well-known of the great designers associated with mid-century modern design. Many in the design world have said that Girard was the greatest colorist and textile designer of modern time, yet many outside of the design world are completely unaware of Girard's work.
Lately, I've been noticing that Alexander Girard's work has gained some mainstream appeal in todays design market... this is most evident when one compares Girard's body of work to that of Jonathan Adler's design empire (www.jonathanadler.com), or that of artist Jeff Canham (www.jeffcanham.com). In my opinion, It's clear that both artists have been greatly influenced by Girard's use of vibrant color palettes and folk inspired textiles.
For those of you who are/were not familiar with Alexander Girard, I hope that you will find his work as inspiring to your life as it has been to mine. It's a bit of fun an whimsy that can make the space around you a wonderful land of lala. I'm a true believer that a playful space will provoke a playful life, and that is what I'm offering you today.
To revel in girards art, go to www.alexandergirard.com
SYI: Girard: "Art is only art when it is synonymous with living.”