Building blocks of modernism.


Back when we launched this blog one of the first things I wrote about was Alexander Girard’s wooden dolls reissued by Vitra and carried by DWR. Girard, the brilliant mid-century designer responsible for my favorite textile designs, has been everywhere in recent years. His designs found their way on Kate Spade handbags and just recently on children’s building blocks. The blocks are produced by the type-house/design firm House Industries in coordination with Girard’s estate and feature the alphabet and many of Girard’s iconic graphic images like his "love" symbol and the sun illustration for his La Fonda del Sol restaurant. Like many of the toys spotlighted in Design Notes they’re appropriate of for any mid-century modern lover and of course their offspring.