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.
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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