Girard never liked to self-promote it was only people in the know, like interior designers, who recognised his work. When he died máXimo became the official agents of his estate and are the ones answerable for awakening the world to Girard's designs and making them accessible again.
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Even though NY born Alexander Girard died in 1993, there seems to have been a huge revival of his work everywhere from Urban Outfitters to V&A; from House Industries to Magma bookshop and even bike shops...
He was born in 1907 and was raised in Rome, Italy. He later returned to the USA to work for Herman Miller in the 50s to the 70s. He is best known for his timeless textiles with their heavy folk art influences. He bought to life the furniture designs of George Nelson and Charles & Ray Eames through colour and funky modern textile patterns. Girard and his wife, Susan, were avid accumulators of folk art, toys, textiles and many worldy folk artifacts. Eventually their collection got out of control so they donated it all to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, who since then are proud owners of the worlds largest folk art collection.