Inspired by | Alexander Girard

Inspired by | Alexander Girard
 Fashion designer Albert Kriemler took inspiration from  Alexander Girard  for his  Akris Spring '18 Ready-To-Wear collection . 

Fashion designer Albert Kriemler took inspiration from Alexander Girard for his Akris Spring '18 Ready-To-Wear collection

 Girard, pictured in his Grosse Pointe, Michigan, studio in 1952.

Girard, pictured in his Grosse Pointe, Michigan, studio in 1952.


About the Artist

Alexander Girard (1907–1993) was one of the most influential textile artists and interior designers of the twentieth century.  Working as the Director of Design for Herman Miller’s textile division from 1952 to 1973, Girard collaborated with George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames to form a design team that has influenced the fundamentals of design worldwide.

Girard is perhaps best known for his work at La Fonda del Sol, the Manhattan restaurant that opened in the Time-Life Building in 1960. Creating over eighty different sun motifs found throughout the restaurant, Girard designed every aspect including menus, matchbooks, tableware and the ceramic tiles on the floors and walls.

His work continues to inspire designers today--most recently the Akris Spring '18 Ready-To-Wear show, featuring reproductions of Girard’s wooden dolls and iconic Herman Miller prints. 


 Images from La Fonda del Sol, Alexander Girard’s 1960 New York restaurant project. Left to right: Girard’s matchbox designs, section of the dining room, and waiter’s poncho. Images via  Hyperallergic . 

Images from La Fonda del Sol, Alexander Girard’s 1960 New York restaurant project. Left to right: Girard’s matchbox designs, section of the dining room, and waiter’s poncho. Images via Hyperallergic

 Some of Girard's lesser known works, as seen in the Vitra Design Museum's 2016 exhibition   Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe.   Images via  Metropolis . 

Some of Girard's lesser known works, as seen in the Vitra Design Museum's 2016 exhibition Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe. Images via Metropolis

 A few of Girard's iconic textile designs, from left to right: Design from  Girard Studio ,  Checker Split for Maharam ,  Love graphic print from Vitra , and design from  Girard Studio . 

A few of Girard's iconic textile designs, from left to right: Design from Girard StudioChecker Split for Maharam, Love graphic print from Vitra, and design from Girard Studio

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