Alexander Girard Lettering at The Compound Restaurant

Stephen Coles

This piece above was shot by Laura Serra when we visited The Compound. My less professional snaps of the restaurant’s delightful signage are below.

Alexander Girard is quickly becoming my favorite artist. After years of admiring photographs of his work and acquiring books and pillows, I finally got to visit two of his physical masterpieces in the flesh: The Compound Restaurant and his massive collection at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Girard deserves a much deeper article than I have time to write, but I’ll just start with the fact that he truly mastered multiple disciplines, from lettering to illustration to objects to interiors to exhibition design, all in a signature style that was warm and human and perfectly imperfect.

Alexander Girard Alcove at the Compound

Alexander Girard's Sign for The Compound

The Compound Restaurant


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  1. 08.07.09 linda

    wow, that lettering is very nice. my next trip to santa fe i’m definitely going to check it out. i’ve been wanting to get that flor modular carpet you’ve linked to for my eames dining set i’m inheriting from my mom’s kitchen remodel. i didn’t know the artist but now thanks to you i’ve found another i like. :) btw, i’ve linked to your blog on my new art blog.

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