Alexander Girard

Girard was the head of the fabric and textiles division at Herman Miller in the 1950s.

This image shows one of his wall panels along with an image of nurses sitting on Eames Aluminum Group Chairs with the hanging in situ.

| Image courtesy of Leslie Piña’s book on Girard published by Schiffer in 1998. |

He was very comfortable with decoration and was able to land his very colourful panels into corporate environments.  They were called “environmental enrichment panels”.  Making life a bit more pleasant.  Corporate advertising panels with motivational slogans are probably more the norm in this century.

Leslie Piña says earlier critics called Girard’s love of decoration “irrational frivolity,” but Girard saw it as “aesthetic functionalism.”

Regardless – all good.

Julia Ritson

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