This massive monograph on seminal designer Alexander Girard covers
virtually every aspect of his distinctive career. One of the most
prolific mid-20th century designers, Girard’s work spanned many
disciplines, including textile design, graphic design, typography,
illustration, furniture design, interior design, product design, exhibit
design, and architecture. Exhaustively researched and lovingly
assembled by designer Todd Oldham, this tome is the definitive must-have
book on Girard’s oeuvre.
Many of the designs featured here have
never before been published. Oldham carefully went through the entire
Girard archive to uncover many treasures as well as all of the most
recognizable works by Girard.
Girard is well known
for his bold, colorful, and iconic textile designs for Herman
Miller (1952-1975), which are extensively featured. These were often
featured in conjunction with furniture designs by his
contemporaries Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson. His designs for
La Fonda del Sol restaurant (1960) are an experiment with typography as
a communication tool and large-scale environmental graphic. Textiles
and Objects (1961) was a very influential New York store sponsored by
Herman Miller that featured Girard's designs inspired by his travels
and folk art collection. The Girard Foundation (1962) houses his own
personal and extensive collection of folk art, textiles, toys, and
objects from around the world. His complete environmental design for
Braniff International Airways (1965) gave him the opportunity to work at
all scales with color, graphics, textiles, and furniture design. He
designed every aspect of the project himself, from the minute-sized
sugar packets and the ticket counters to the graphic colors of the
Alexander Girard's playful yet
sophisticated designs continue to inspire new generations of artists and
designers. The breadth and scope of his work is truly remarkable. This
highly anticipated tome is the first major retrospective of this very
accomplished and prolific designer, and has been painstakingly edited by
renowned New York-based designer Todd Oldham.
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