Vitra’s Ceramic Containers represent the playful design language typical of American designer Alexander Girard, where functionality is combined with sculptural flair. The jar makes an eye-catching element in the decor whether used simply as a decorative accessory or as a distinctive storage space for keys and other bits and bobs.

The original jars, designed in 1952, were hand-turned from wood by Girard himself, and today they can be found in the archives of the Vitra Design Museum. To make the delightful works more widely available again, Vitra joined forces with the Girard family to develop ceramic versions of them, introducing Ceramic Containers in 2021. The hand-glazed boxes are available in various shapes in a range of shades inspired by Girard's colour palette.


Ceramic Container 2, icy grey


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Hand-glazed ceramic
Icy grey
25 cm
14 cm

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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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