A Jack of all trades, Alexander Girard was an architect, interior designer, furniture designer, industrial designer, and most famously a textile designer. Hired as head of the Herman Miller Textiles Division, Girard designed upholstery for such designers as George Nelson
and Charles & Ray Eames
. He is perhaps most famous for his blankets, which often feature geometric shapes and were largely inspired by folk art.
With primary colors, concise geometric patterns, and a touch of humor, Girard injected joy and spontaneity into his designs. During his tenure, he created over 300 textile designs in multitudes of colorways, wallpapers, prints, furniture, and objects. His passion for what he called “toys” led him around the globe, amassing a collection of roughly 106,000 pieces. These colorful, whimsical objects inspired him, as his designs continue to inspire us.