I’m so pleased to find that the exuberant designs of Alexander Girard have found new life with House Industries, a typeface foundry and general purveyor of very cool stuff.

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As many readers will know, Alexander Girard was an American designer who was raised in Florence, Italy, and is best known for injecting bright, playful designs into Herman Miller textiles. As a designer, Girard didn’t ‘do’ plain: see his inspired rebranding of the now defunct Braniff International Airways as evidence.

Lucky for us, House Industries has researched Girard’s oeuvre and come up with a few quirky products, like this Nativity Scene.

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They’ve also released a line of fabric dolls ,which illustrate the folk-art aesthetic that drew Girard in (he and his wife had an impressive collection of folk art).

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Girard first came across the doll designs, made by a woman called Marilyn Neuhart, when his friend and fellow textile designer Ray Eames sent him one for Christmas.

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House Industries has a lavish, limited edition book for sale, documenting the research it has done in the process of bringing Girard’s many typefaces to the world.

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Some of the typefaces can even be bought and used as interior or exterior signage.

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House Industries has also drawn on illustrations Girard drew to create a Memory Game for kids. Here’s an idea I think he would have loved: why not turn the thick wooden cards into coasters?

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Then I’d raise a glass and toast Mr. Girard for bringing the world his gorgeous designs!