Alexander Girard

 
Portrait of Alexander Girard Alexander Girard, (* 1907 in New York City/USA; † 1993), was, alongside his close friends George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, one of the decisive figures of post-war American design. The focus of his broad oeuvre was on textile design: As head of the Herman Miller Company's textile division, Girard designed a multitude of textiles that reflect his love of festive colours and patterns. He favoured abstract and geometric forms, typically put together in bright constellations of colours. Alexander Girard's upholstery fabrics have lost none of their charm, and a range of classic Girard designs such as Quatrefoil, Names or Toostripe Orange are included in the Vitra and Maharam "Textiles of the 20th century" cushion collection. Having originally studied architecture, Girard made a name for himself over his long career in the fields of furniture, exhibition and interior design as well as in the graphic arts. On his extended travels, he avidly collected textiles from all over the world, which furnished him with a source of inspiration and ideas. In 1993, the final year of his life, he bequeathed these holdings to the Vitra Design Museum Collection along with the contents of his studio (hundreds of drawings, prototypes and textile samples).

Wooden Dolls
Quatrefoil
Checker
Names
Toostripe Orange
Millerstripe Multicoloured Bright
Millerstripe Multicoloured Neutral

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... In addition to chairs, sewing machines, toys, lamps, crockery, cutlery and other necessities of contemporary life For Modern Living also presented a series of specially commissioned murals by Saul Steinberg which ran through the exhibition rooms and the...



(smow) blog compact Milan 2014 Special: Vitra @ Salone del Mobile, 09.04.2014

... Fortunately we didn't. For at Milan 2014 Vitra have re-issued objects from a collection of Alexander Girard furniture designs that featured in our July 2012 "Lost Furniture Design Classics" post. OK not the furniture pieces we referred to, but objects ... Created in 1967 in context of his legendary design work with Braniff Airlines, Alexander Girard's furniture collection was produced by Herman Miller. But only for a year. Vitra's re-issue sadly...



Lost Furniture Design Classics: Alexander Girard for Braniff Airlines and Herman Miller, 03.07.2012

... Such as the so-called "Girard Group" by Alexander Girard. Although best known for his textile and wallpaper designs Alexander Girard wasn't averse to turning his hand to furniture design. In addition to assisting Charles and Ray Eames with the creation of ... Very much of their time, yet quite unlike anything George Nelson, Charles Eames or any of Alexander Girard's other colleagues were creating, the "Girard Group" seating is defined by a wonderful...



Design for Use, USA, 04.11.2011

... Eero Saarinen. Isamu Noguchi. Etcetera. All presented in an exhibition concept and catalogue designed by Alexander Girard. Aside from the very appetising list of objects displayed, the exhibition was and is interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly...



Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat ... colour and fun from Alexander Girard, 14.12.2010

... Although Alexander Girard worked closely with Herman Miller and designers such as George Nelson or Charles and Ray Eames; Alexander Girard's speciality was not furniture but fabrics, folk art and colour. Born in America and raised in Italy Alexander Girard ... In addition to designing textiles Alexander Girard also designed exhibition stands for Hermann Miller and created interior design concepts for the stores; including T&O (Textiles and Objects)...



Movember, 12.11.2010

... For thousands of men worldwide November ceased to exist in 2003. Since then its all September, October, Movember. Movember? - MOustache / noVEMBER. By the organisers own admission the idea started as an alcohol induced attempt to re-introduce the...



2010 Designer Furniture World Cup: Finland 0-Mexico 1, 09.07.2010

... With both still having an outside chance of qualifying for the semi-finals the start was edgy and imprecise. Alexander Girard however was first to find his rhythm and came close with an intricate Names fabric. Eero Saarinen responded with a clever ... And the 1:0 lead. And with his travelling army of Wooden Dolls cheering him on Girard held on for  deserved victory. The Group D table and all Group D results can be found...






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