Alexander Girard — Santa fe, New Mexico
Alexander Girard, born in 1907 in New York City, was one of the key figures of post-war American design alongside his close friends George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames. The focus of his very broad work was textile design: as head of the Herman Miller Company’s textile division, Girard designed a wide range of textiles that reflected his love of festive colours and patterns. He favoured abstract and geometric forms, typically put together in bright constellations of colours. His upholstery fabrics remain as timeless and vital as ever, with many of them still being sold today.
Having originally studied architecture, Girard made a name for himself during 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 further 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.