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Alexander Girard Color Board book – December 15, 2011
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About the Author
ALEXANDER GIRARD (1907-1993) was a pre-eminent mid-20th century designer whose work spanned many disciplines, including textile design,graphic design, typography, illustration, furniture design, interior design, product design, exhibit design, and architecture. He was born in New York to an American mother and French-Italian father, raised in Florence, Italy, and graduated from the Royal School of Architecture in Rome.
Girard is most well known for his bold, colorful, and iconic textile designs for Herman Miller (1952-1975). These were often featured in conjunction with furniture designs by his contemporaries Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson. In his designs for La Fonda del Sol restaurant (1960), he experimented with typography as a communication tool and large-scale environmental graphic. Textiles and Objects (1961) was a very influential New York store sponsored by Herman Miller that featured Girard's designs inspired by his travels and folk art collection. The Girard Foundation (1962) houses his own personal and extensive collection of folk art, textiles, toys, and objects from around the world. His complete environmental design for Braniff International Airways (1965) gave him the opportunity to work at all scales with color, graphics, textiles, and furniture design. He designed every aspect of the project himself, from the minute-sized sugar packets and the ticket counters to the graphic colors of the planes themselves.
Alexander Girard's playful yet sophisticated designs continue to inspire new generations of artists and designers.The breadth and scope of his work is truly remarkable. This highly anticipated tome is the first major retrospective of this very accomplished and prolific designer, and has been painstakingly edited by renowned New York-based designer Todd Oldham.
GLORIA FOWLER is the design director for AMMO books, and has created AMMO's growing line of kids books and products, starting with the Charley Harper series. The Alexander Girard children's line beautifully augments this series of design-centric products. The Alexander Girard Eden Giant Floor Puzzle, Memory Game, and Board Book celebrate the playful spirit of this seminal designer with a series of educational, well-designed, and affordable items for kids. Gloria is also a faculty member at Art Center College of Design.
Top Customer Reviews
praise than that! This is a book that will inspire me for years to come.
It's well worth the current discounted pricing on Amazon. For anyone who is interested in Charles Eames, George Nelson, and / or Herman Miller, Inc - this book is a must have! I only wish Girard was still alive filling the world with joy, humor, color and design.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really nice pictures and the array of shapes and colors is much more diverse and sophisticated than most books of this kind that I've seen. Our daughter loves it.Published 14 months ago by Igor Brodsky
I love the book but it arrived with a ding in the front cover. It is a large and heavy book and my need more than a single layer of cardboard for shipping. Read morePublished 16 months ago by BVL
I bought this book for my grandson and I may keep it for myself. I'm studying fashion design and find inspiration in the illustrations and images. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Laney G
I was given this book for my 4 year old son. There should be a warning there is nudity. I understand that is considered art to many but I prefer not to have it in my son's books.Published on September 20, 2013 by E. Pascarella
As a mother and a graphic designer, I love this book. Very colorful, cool book. Board book so no ripping.Published on July 15, 2013 by Clara T
Obviously written to try and make some story/sense of the pretty artwork. I could have done with more art and fewer words, but it works.Published on April 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Give it to an artistic young person. Or keep it for yourself. Eight more words required, so is this enough?Published on April 9, 2013 by Captain McGlue