Mid-Century Designers Who Are Not Charles and Ray Eames
Alexander Girard, Oldham and Coffee, ppg. 142-169 discuss commission, pg. 154 illustrates form
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A preeminent figure in midcentury American design, Alexander Girard combined a vibrant color palette and folk influences with the sleek and functional work of Herman Miller and Charles and Ray Eames. Girard established a textile division at Herman Miller’s leading design firm and served as its director from the early 1950s through the 1970s, ultimately branching out into his own furniture and industrial design lines. Inspired by the Navajo textiles that he was exposed to while in the southwestern United States, Girard enlivened the more minimalist tendencies of his peers and collaborators with bright colors and graphic prints, pioneering what would become an iconic midcentury design aesthetic.