Alexander Girard House Industries

Alexander Girard House Industries

Heather Blaha
May 18, 2009
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On the list of great design featured in Dwell's June issue was the Alexander Girard memory game (shown above). Poking around the House Industries' website, the selection of Girard items for kids offers a visual, educational feast from dolls to puzzles, with a bit of history behind each:
  1. Memory Game: ("He originally created these images for his environmental enrichment panels that he designed to spice up Herman Miller's Action Office plan.")
  2. Puzzle: ("Based on a Girard carpet design found in the project archive of Saarinen's Miller House in Columbus, Indiana.")
  3. Alphabet Blocks: ("Created in 2006 to coordinate with the San Francisco MoMA's Girard exhibit, the 28 wood blocks feature a cleverly-adapted House Industries factory logo puzzle.")
  4. Marilyn Neuhart dolls: ("Alexander Girard was so smitten with Marilyn Neuhart's dolls that he asked her to make 100 for the 1961 opening of his Textile & Objects store. Since they were the catalyst for his creative partnership with the Neuharts, we asked Marilyn to create four new designs.")
  5. Alexander Girard: ("Every design discipline resides at the crossroads of art, influence, relevance, inspiration and function. Though such intersections are rarely crossed without difficulty, Alexander Girard navigated these highways with an ease few could match.")

For these and more, shop Girard products here.
Find more mentions of Alexander Girard here on Ohdeedoh.

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