Alexander Girard was a man of many design talents. Trained as an architect, he practised across disciplines—making furniture, designing interiors, patterning wallpapers. Girard is perhaps best known for his work as Herman Miller’s head of textiles, a title he carried from 1952 to 1973.
Girard is perhaps best known for his playful fabrics. He is often considered one of the 20th centuries finest graphics and textile artist as well as an extensive collector of the works of other artisans. His work particularly in the field of textile design, was influenced by his large collection of folk art.