It’s hard to label Alexander Girard, whose Swiss firm Vitra has brought back numerous decorative accessories, given the ductile nature of his talent. Architect, industrial, graphic, textile exhibition and interior designer, born in 1907, he grew up in Florence with an Italian father and American mother. His father, Carlo Matteo, artist and collector of art and antiques, most definitely will have passed these passions on to his son, together with a love of finely made objects. With three degrees in architecture (Italy, England and America), in the early 1930s, Alexander moved to the US to focus on architecture. Thanks to his style he was able to enter into contact with important personages from the creative scene, including Giorgia O’Keefe, Saul Steinberg, Alexander Calder, Eero Saarinen, George Nelson, and Ray and Charles Eames with whom he began a long and productive partnership in 1940. With his multiform products he was able to provide us with his own vision of the world, colourful, playful and still contemporary today.