Swatch, "Small Triangles," Designed by Alexander Girard for Herman Miller, 1952

Summary

Early modernist design was starkly minimal, but mid-century modern designer Alexander Girard's work challenged and expanded the movement. Girard humanized modernism through his colorful and whimsical textile, furniture, graphic, and interior designs. As the Director of Design in Herman Miller's Textile Division from 1952 until 1973, Girard designed over 300 textiles, often using bold color combinations and abstract patterns.

Early modernist design was starkly minimal, but mid-century modern designer Alexander Girard's work challenged and expanded the movement. Girard humanized modernism through his colorful and whimsical textile, furniture, graphic, and interior designs. As the Director of Design in Herman Miller's Textile Division from 1952 until 1973, Girard designed over 300 textiles, often using bold color combinations and abstract patterns.

Artifact

Swatch

Date Made

1952

Creators

Girard, Alexander 

Herman Miller, Inc. 

Creator Notes

Herman Miller Textiles. Designed by Alexander Girard.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

92.48.2.12

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.Gift of Herman Miller, Inc.

Material

Twill

Color

Olive green
White (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 22 in

Width: 23.25 in

Inscriptions

on tag: HERMAN MILLER / TEXTILES / ZEELAND, MICH. / designed by ALEXANDER GIRARD

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