Nativity Scene, gold

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Nativity Scene, gold


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Along with his colleagues Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures in American design during the postwar era. While textile design was the primary focus of Girard’s oeuvre, he was also admired for his work in the graphic arts as well as furniture, exhibition and interior design. Girard brought a sensuous playfulness to twentieth-century design that had been absent from the austere aesthetic of classic modernism. For the international exhibition ‘The Nativity’, organised by Girard for a showing at the Nelson Gallery of Art in 1962/63, he conceived and crafted a unique new nativity set. He took inspiration for the design from his extensive collection of folk art. Based on the original from the Girard estate in the holdings of the Vitra Design Museum, the Nativity Scene is now being produced as a special edition – and with its gold-leaf base and hand-painted figures, it makes a colourful and playful addition to all types of Christmas decorations.


Figures: hand-painted beechwood.
Base plate: cherrywood, covered in gold leaf, numbered edition.