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.