Sample, Tweed
USA, 1952
Alexander Hayden Girard

Herman Miller
Linen blend
Warp x Weft: 11 1/4 x 12”

“Art is only art when it is synonymous with living.” —Alexander Girard

There are two certitudes commonly assigned to midcentury designer Alexander Girard: He was the least well-known of the great designers at Herman Miller in the 1950s and 1960s, and he was the greatest colorist and textile designer of modern time. Although seemingly contradictory, both statements are accurate and are a reflection of Girard and the time period in which he worked. During his career, Girard energized the furniture designs of his Herman Miller colleagues with a new, vibrant color palette and an oeuvre of folk-inspired textiles. He was the first modern designer to define textiles as being more than just functional and to further emphasize form through the application of color and pattern. —Design Within Reach

(Photo: Cooper Hewitt)