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All photos courtesy Trulia
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
When designer Alexander Girard relocated from Detroit to Santa Fe in the '50s, he'd already found a home for his work with scores of wealthy clients and influential companies such as Herman Miller. But inside a 200-year-old adobe house in the desert city near Canyon Road, which he would expand and remodel as his collection of folk art multiplied, he created one of his most enduring and personal designs. The sprawling complex he lived in until his death in 1993 was filled with many of his own works and vibrant patterns, as well as highlights of his folk art collection and a dining table that was suspended from the ceiling. His family remembers endless varieties of colorful dishes, glassware and candles circulating throughout the home, mirroring Girard's fascination with colors and contrast.
Part of the original home that was subdivided and renovated by his son Marshall in 2000 into a series of four condos, this unit still contains plenty of flourishes from the famous designer (unit three was once climate-controlled storage for his folk art collection). The kitchen, once a bedroom, played host to Santa Fe resident, Girard confidant and occasional guest Georgia O'Keeffe, and the doors and an outdoor fountain crafted by the designer add playful touches to the 2,579 square-foot condo. Perhaps the closest you can get to channeling Girard (outside of getting original photos of the home from the Library of Congress taken by the Eames) would be to stroll around the expansive common gardens. A favorite form of recreation and relaxation, according to his granddaughter, it was one way that "Sandro" cleared his head.
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