Experience the Vivid ‘Daydream’ of a Midcentury Textile Icon Posted May 23, 2014 by Daniel Ostroff
Kudos to the always readable curbed.com for this interesting Alexander Girard analysis.
Long time friend and collaborator of Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, is the focus of a new Herman Miller initiative.
“For many of the 21 years Alexander Girard worked for furnishings giant Herman Miller, the absurdly prolific designer spent his days alone in his studio, crafting what were to become icons of midcentury textile designs by fastidiously inking shapes by hand in Magic Marker (invented in 1952, the same year Girard was brought on to Herman Miller). Until 1973 Girard was the company’s head textile guru, producing patterns to befit the furniture designs of his buddies like Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, though his prowess extended far beyond silk screens and Jujube-like geometries. He had three architecture degrees, spoke eight languages, collected folk art, and crafted holistic and huge-scale design campaigns. Herman Miller’s pop-up exhibit, an archive and lounge in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District loftily entitled An Uncommon Vision, only “begins to barely scratch the surface,” Herman Miller editorial director Sam Grawe admits, though even a scratch is enough to get a feel for the kind of influence “Sandro,” as he was nicknamed, had on the field.”
To read the entire article by Amy Schellenbaum, see this link