I can't sleep. So I'm having popcorn in a pyrex bowl and a ginger ale and reading about the fantastical world of Braniff Airlines. Boy, I'll tell you what. One of the most thrilling things in life is discovering something you knew nothing about, but that has been there your whole life.
How is it possible that I've never even heard of Braniff?
I discovered them while researching my new favorite designer Alexander Girard. His work brings my hand to my chest with a deep sigh. I wish I could make it to the SFMOMA to see the exhibition of his works.
Girard's design for La Fonda del Sol in New York City is absolutely incredible. He wasn't just the interior designer - he singlehandedly invented a distinct atmosphere for the restaurant. He designed everything- the tables, dishes, glassware, napkins, salt shakers, signs, menus, matchboxes, ashtrays and uniforms. As far as I can tell his only collaboration was with Eames who designed the chairs.
I kinda just can't even stand it - how much I love his stuff. It encompasses so much of what I'm drawn to - he's a modernist, but it's softened with colorful Mexican folk art, a passion for bold color, simple shapes and typography, a Swedish design influence, wooden toys, hearts! (mary blair-ish too, see below) It's just so sweetly joyful. I love love love it! Apparently so much so that I'll have to wait to post about Braniff. The birds are chirpin' and I gotta get to work!