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Vitra Embroidered Pillow - Double Heart 2

Brand

vitra
Starting at: $270.00 USD
$270.00 USD

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The designer Alexander Girard drew wide acclaim with his interior concept for the legendary Miller House (1953-57), for which he personally selected each individual object. The centrepiece of the house was a so-called 'conversation pit', a sunken seating area MORE INFO
$270.00 USD

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The designer Alexander Girard drew wide acclaim with his interior concept for the legendary Miller House (1953-57), for which he personally selected each individual object. The centrepiece of the house was a so-called 'conversation pit', a sunken seating area in the living room, with built-in sofas covered in fabrics by Girard and decorated with embroidered pillows made specifically for this setting. Girard's famous 'double heart' motif was used and varied by the designer throughout his lifetime. It is composed of two intersecting S's that form a continuous loop of mirrored hearts. Each S represents the first letter of the pet names used by Girard and his wife – Sandro and Susie – which prompted him to name the double heart symbol 'Sansusi'. The embroidered pillow with the 'Double Heart 2' motif was created by Alexander Girard for the Miller family in 1975 – 20 years after the completion of the Miller House.

MATERIALS:

  • Filling: duck half down
  • Cover fabric: Twill, embroidered

MEASUREMENTS:

  • Width: 40 cm / 15 3/4 inch
  • Height: 30 cm / 11 3/4 inch
Brand
Vitra

Vitra is a Swiss company dedicated to improving the quality of homes, offices and public spaces through the power of design. Their products and concepts are developed in an intensive design process, bringing together engineering excellence with the creative genius of today’s leading international designers. It is Vitra’s goal to create furniture and accessories that are functional and inspiring. Founded in 1950, Vitra produces many products from internationally recognized designers such as Verner Panton, Isamu Noguchi, Eero Saarinen and Jasper Morrison.

Designer
Vitra Embroidered Pillow - Double Heart 2 Designed by:
  • Alexander Girard , 1952
Alexander Girard

Alexander Girard

USA, 1907 - 1993

"Art is only art when it is synonymous with living." - Alexander Girard

One of the most prolific mid-20th century designers, Girard’s work spanned many disciplines including textile design, graphic design, typography, illustration, furniture design, interior design, product design, exhibit design, and architecture.

Born in New York City and raised in Florence, Girard was educated in Europe as an architect. He began practicing architecture and interior design in the late 1920s. Girard developed a friendship with Charles Eames in the 1940s when the two men realized they had coincidently designed almost identical modern radio cabinets and were both experimenting with plywood chairs.

Alexander Girard became director of design for Herman Miller's textile division in 1952, a time when fabrics, especially in the office, tended toward the utilitarian, drab and pattern-less. “People got fainting fits if they saw bright, pure color,” Girard commented at the time. At Herman Miller, Girard had the freedom to express himself. With primary colors, concise geometric patterns, and a touch of humor, he injected joy and spontaneity into his designs. During his tenure, he created over 300 textile designs, wallpapers, prints, furniture, and objects. Girard's work with Herman Miller continued until 1973.

Girard's reputation soared in 1959, when his colourful, whimsical interior design of the La Fonda del Sol restaurant in New York electrified the public. He designed the entire experience for the restaurant—interior, graphics, table settings and staff uniforms. In the mid 1960s Girard designed more than 17,000 different items for Braniff International Airways—from logos to uniforms to lounge furniture.

Girard's risky, sometimes iconoclastic fabrics were inspired not by a vision of the future but by a love of international folk art. His passion for what he called “toys” led him around the globe, amassing a collection of roughly 106,000 pieces. These colorful, whimsical objects inspired him, as his designs continue to inspire us.

 

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