A native New Yorker raised in Florence, Alexander Girard was trained as an architect but best known for exuberant, folk art-inspired textile designs. When he joined Herman Miller’s textile division in the early 1950s, he brought an explosion of color and pattern to the drab modernist palette. “People got fainting fits if they saw bright, pure color,” he quipped at the time. His work with Herman Miller continued for two decades and included enlivening the Action Office system with a bright series of fabrics. His work for Braniff International Airways in the mid 1960s was a comprehensive corporate rebranding through modern design: He created over 17,000 different items for the company, from logos to lounge chairs. Several examples of his fabric designs are included in MoMA’s collection.
Size11.9h x 36"diam