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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Vitra Releases Wooden Doll #18


"Toys," said Alexander Girard, "represent a microcosm of man's world and dreams; they exhibit fantasy, imagination, humour and love." 
His iconic collection of Vitra dolls has been expanded with a new addition to the family; doll #18 has just been launched.
I have been lusting over these dolls for a while now, and after seeing them again in Hay in Copenhagen my interest has been piqued again by their unusual charm.
Each doll in the collection is based on dolls that Girard originally hand carved in 1963 to decorate his Santa Fe Home. He went on to make over 100,000 pieces, many of which can be seen in the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Girard was born in New York City and raised in Florence, where he studied architecture before returning to the US to become the Herman Miller Group’s Director of Design in 1952.

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