Vitra’s Girard Bird was born in the 1940s when American designer Alexander Girard experimented with different materials for making sculptures. In addition to glass, cardboard and plywood works, he also carved figures from solid wood – including a sympathetic bird figure, Girard Bird.

The original bird, hand-carved from apple tree by Girard, is preserved in the archives of the Vitra Design Museum, but in 2021 Vitra, together with the Girard family, brought a maple-wood version of the bird into its collection. The archaic-looking sculpture can be placed to stand on either its legs or its tail, and can also be used, for example, as a book support.


Girard Bird


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Alexander Girard

Alexander Girard (1907–1993) was an American designer and architect who worked in the fields of interior, furniture, textile and industrial design and collaborated with Herman Miller from 1952 to 1975. Among his colleagues George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, Girard is considered as one of the pioneers of mid-twentieth century American design. His best known designs include New York’s La Fonda del Sol restaurant and San Diego’s Girard Foundation, which houses Girard’s extensive folk art collection. 

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