Sample, Wulweb
USA, 1960
Alexander Hayden Girard

Herman Miller
Wool (90%), cotton (7%), and rayon (3%)
Warp x Weft: 12 x 12”

While working at Herman Miller, Girard received another career boost in 1959 when he was asked to design the interior for La Fonda del Sol restaurant in New York City’s Time-Life Building. The restaurant’s sunny interior, which included Girard’s first venture into furniture design with the Eameses, won a silver medal in 1962 from the Architectural League of New York. One year prior to winning this award, Girard, with Herman Miller’s blessing, had opened the Textiles & Objects store in New York City. The financially unsuccessful store sold objects that Girard had brought back from his international travels, as well as his own textiles and select furniture by other Herman Miller designers. Also in the early 1960s, Girard and his wife Susan relocated to New Mexico, where they began one of the largest collections of folk art to date – more than 100,000 pieces. Today, the Girards’ collection can be found in the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. —Design Within Reach

(Photo: Cooper Hewitt)