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Alexander Girard

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Born in New York City in 1907, Girard was raised and educated in Italy by an American mother and French-Italian father. Much of his most famous work emerged from his time as the director of fabric and textiles at Herman Miller, a position he held from 1952 to 1975. There, he collaborated with George Nelson and Ray Eames on designs that broke new ground for the industry in the US and well beyond. Girard's style was boldly colorful, incorporating geometric patterns and illustrative folk art-inspired imagery. Other notable works of Girard include the branding of Braniff Airlines, the design of New York’s La Fonda del Sol restaurant, and a huge mural at the John Deere headquarters. Today, Girard’s work is distributed by House Industries and some of his textile designs have been re-released through Urban Outfitters and other popular merchants. Girard died in 1993.

Alexander Girard’s designs spiced up Herman Miller’s Action Office nearly four decades ago, but today these environmental enrichment panels have a new audience to engage—your toddler. Match up the 36 designs—printed with nontoxic inks on replenishable bas

Alexander Girard Memory Game

Alexander Girard’s designs spiced up Herman Miller’s Action Office nearly four decades ago, but today these environmental enrichment panels have a new audience to engage—your toddler. Match up the 36 designs—printed with nontoxic inks on replenishable basswood—for a truly timeless  learning experience.

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Alexander Girard Nativity Set

Inspired by an Alexander Girard illustration that was hanging in his son's home, the talented team at House Industries bring the colorful, crafty sensibility of the mid-century master to this solid maple Nativity Set. It's just the kind of festive decoration that will become an instant classic in the home, brought out year after year when the season's right.

 

 

 

 

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Alexander Girard Throws

To reproduce a blanket Alexander Girard designed for Braniff Airways in the 1960s, Michigan company Herman Miller tapped wool manufacturers Pendleton to render the pieces. 

Eden by Alexander Girard Serving tray

Eden Tray

In 1944, Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, and George Nelson each designed trays--along with other simple household goods--featuring now iconic patterns. The classic trays, including Girard's Eden Tray, are available through Vitra.

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Girard Arabesque Pillows

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, there was no bigger name in fabric design than Alexander Girard, who beginning in 1952 held a twenty year tenure as director of design for Herman Miller's textile division. This pattern, recently reissued by Design Within Reach, is originally from 1954, but looks just as fresh today as it did then.

Palio textile by Alexander Girard, 1964 by Maharam

Palio

61 percent cotton, 39 percent solution-dyed postindustrial recycled nylon

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