Born in New York and raised in Florence, Alexander Girard studied architecture in Europe. Girard opened his first design office New York in the early 1930s. In 1952, Charles Eames recruited Girard to become Herman Miller’s director of design for the company’s textile division. Girard’s tenure at Herman Miller continued into the 1970’s and resulted in more than 300 vibrantly-hued fabric and wallpaper designs. His innovative work in design, as well as his unique commercial and residential interiors, captivated the public with its theatricality.Read more
Girard once described himself as "a reasonable and sane functionalist, tempered by irrational frivolity." Girard’s passion for the popular art of South America, Asia and East Europe was a key source of inspiration, and his Wooden Dolls, which he created for his own home in Santa Fe and made himself, are likewise inspired by his own extensive collection of works of popular art. Today, Girard’s collections can be found in the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.