my new favorite designy gift for little ones: Alexander Girard Alphabet Blocks


I was pretty much speechless when I opened a package I received from House Industries last night. Inside I discovered the stunningly beautiful Alexander Girard Alphabet Blocks. They have been created by House Industries in a collaboration with the estate of reknowned mid-century designer Alexander Girard. The 28 wood blocks feature alphabets based on the forthcoming Alexander Girard font collection and a cleverly-adapted House Industries factory logo puzzle.

Alexander Girard (1907-1993) was a design virtuoso whose work ranged from the incredibly comprehensive and unforgettable Braniff Airways identity to high-profile restaurant designs such as New York’s La Fonda del Sol. A longtime textile designer for Herman Miller, Girard’s work created a powerful artistic statement that is still having a profound effect on interior and exterior architectural environments today.

We are now proudly displaying these blocks in our living room. They are simply too beautiful to be tucked away on one of Ella’s bookshelves. This is definitely my favorite new gift for the designy parent, uhm, I meant the KID of a designy parent.

Thank you Andy!

3 Comments leave a comment below

  1. WoW! I am a huge fan of Girard’s work. i would love a set of those blocks for my nephew

  2. you are the luckiest mommy!
    i’ve been drooling over those blocks a long time. i posted them on my blog last year.
    i’m a HUGE alexander girard fan.
    my daughter is old enough not to chew on them.

  3. I love the rustic look of those wooden blocks. In the design world we see so much sheen and polish it’s nice to see something made of wood again. And there the nostalgia hits; I think I must try to get myself some of these — they remind me of my childhood. :)