The ‘Wooden Dolls’
We were heart-struck by the Vitra collection of dolls signed by Alexander Girard. They are very decorative, made out of solid pine and painted by hand. He created them for personal use in 1963. The famous American designer had a popular art collection that served as his source of inspiration. The decorative patterns painted by hand recreate the ornamental themes of Central America, Eastern Europe and Italy. In addition to their abstract and sculptural aspects for decorative purposes, they remain toys. Some of them may have a dark look or jovial expression and are consequently edited and painted by hand. The making of the patterns conforms to the original documents of the creator of Wooden Dolls and are conserved at the Vitra Design Museum. The Wooden Dolls are conditioned in a valuable wooden jewel box.