Paul Smith / Alexander Girard wooden figurines

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Not only does Paul Smith bring us some great clothes, they also manage to track down and showcase some of the funkiest artwork. Last month Paul Smith displayed the wonderfully eccentric vinyl toys of Keiichi Tanaami, which were a refreshing departure from some of the more mainstream collectibles on the market.

This time around, the fashion house is featuring the work of Alexander Girard who is considered one of the most influential designers of post-war American design. In my boundless ignorance, I had no idea who he was until now, but still found myself drawn to his bold and abstract wooden figurines that Paul Smith are now selling through their website. I can appreciate them artistically but, admittedly, it’s the unique expressions on each of the pieces – some of them are priceless! My favourite one is Wooden Doll 3 (£58), shown above, but there are nine others that are just as cool.

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