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Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe

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'A rich testament to one of modernism's most prodigious and prolific talents' - Hyperallegic

Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe

Alexander Girard (1907–1993) was one of the most important modern textile artists and interior designers of the twentieth century. He worked closely with designers such as Charles Eames and George Nelson and combined Pop Art and Folk Art influences to create a colourfully opulent aesthetic language, whose impact continues to be felt today.

This richly illustrated catalogue for a show at Vitra Design Museum drawing presents the entire oeuvre of this multi-talented Italian- American designer while offering the first scholarly critical examination of his work. Essays address Girard’s textile creations and graphic design for the furniture manufacturer Herman Miller; his important interior design projects such as the Irwin Miller House in Columbus, Indiana (1953); his activities as a pioneering exhibition organiser and curator, and his passion for folk art, which resulted in a collection of more than 100,000 objects. In addition to extensive portfolios with never-before-shown archive material, the publication also provides the first comprehensive biography and a complete list of works.

  • Authors: Mateo Kries, Director of the Vitra Design Museum and Jochen Eisenbrand, Chief Curator, Vitra Design Museum
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Date published: July 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3945852057
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 19.5 cm

'The book excels – it is a visual treat. It’s hard not to enjoy Alexander Girard’s joyful work and you’ll spot something aesthetically pleasing every time you open the book. You finish the book with a balanced and rounded impression of the designer who, despite the exuberance of his work, was as disciplined and controlled as his mid-century contemporaries. And it really is something you’ll want to pick up and be inspired by again and again.' - The MidCentury Magazine

'A beautiful and comprehensive survey' - Interior Design

'A rich testament to one of modernism's most prodigious and prolific talents' - Hyperallegic

'a landmark... looks beyond the iconic textiles and patterns to reveal a hitherto unseen side of Girard' - Metropolis Magazine