Cast from sheet metal and powder-coated to perfection, the Vitra Metal Wall Relief Magic Snake is a bold and unique piece of decorative wall art. Esoteric but filled with meaning, the Magic Snake takes inspiration from original wall decorations created by Girard for his famous work on the Compound restaurant and his own house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Girard’s quirky designs can be found across a wide range of goods from Vitra, which reminds us that great design can often exist for purely aesthetic reasons.
Designer Alexander Girard was born to an American mother and an Italian father in 1907 in New York City. Along with his close friends and contemporaries George Nelson and Charles & Ray Eames, Girard was one of the leading figures of postwar American modern design.
Textile design was the main focus of his wide-ranging design career which also encompassed architecture, interior design, furniture design and industrial design. Perhaps his most iconic designs are his collection of hand-painted Wooden Dolls with are now produced under licence by Vitra.