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Alexander Girard and Vitra

By Tom Ran

Published: April 9, 2014 under Home

Environmental Enrichment Panel, Hand and Dove

Photo: Vitra

Environmental Enrichment Panel, Hand and Dove

Environmental Enrichment Panel, Geometry

Photo: Vitra

Environmental Enrichment Panel, Geometry

Environmental Enrichment Panel, Left: Bouquet; Right: Four Leaf Cover

Photo: Vitra

Environmental Enrichment Panel, Left: Bouquet; Right: Four Leaf Cover

Graphic Print Pillows from Vitra

Photo: Vitra

Graphic Print Pillows from Vitra

Graphic Print Pillows - Couple

Photo: Vitra

Graphic Print Pillows - Couple

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The revival of Alexander Girard’s past designs continues from Vitra this week. In partnership with the Girard Foundation Vitra will reissue more archived prints for the home and office. This includes pillows, wool blankets and the obscure Environmental Enrichment Panels. To enhance the drab office environment that was beginning to proliferate corporations in the 1970s, Girard designed a series of colorful graphic panels meant to be inserted into the dull partitions. It’s unclear how successful these were but the whimsical nature of these graphics seemed too far fetched for corporate offices to embrace. Nonetheless the panels became highly sought after in the years following and have only been available on secondary markets. Vitra’s re-edition will bring new life into these designs. The panels are silkscreened onto linen and are individually mounted on fiberboard spacer frames perfect for the office or home. Culling from the archive, a collection of pillows will also be reissued from Vitra.

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