Monday, August 09, 2010

Alexander Girard

 Miller Stripe
Noted as one of the 20th century's most influential modernist designers and architects, Alexander Girard also achieved prominence as director of Herman Miller's textile division from its formation in 1952 through the 1960s. His attention to tone, texture, and pattern translated into vivid fabrics that emphasized strong forms and bold colors. Other noteworthy projects include Girard's design of La Fonda del Sol restaurant (1959) and the Good Design exhibition at Museum of Modern Art in New York (1954).

Girard drew his inspiration from travels to Mexico and India, as well as from his fascination with traditional folk art. Utilizing vivid color and simple geometry, Millerstripe reflects these influences. In order to remain true to Girard's vision, the Maharam Design Studio developed 40 individual yarn colors, providing an exact match with the original warp stripe, while utilizing modern dying techniques to ensure adequate light fastness for contract use.

Maharam has re-issued a total of thirteen Girard patterns, including Alphabet (1952), Checker (1965), Checker Split (1965), Circles (1952), Double Triangles (1952), Facets (1952), Jacobs Coat (1959), Mikado (1954), Millerstripe (1973), Quatrefoil (1954), Roman Stripe (1952), and Toostripe (1965).

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