Textiles Inspiration: Alexander Girard 1907 – 1993

Folk art textiles designs by Alexander Girard

Folkloric bright coloured prints like Alexander Girard’s designs must have been so refreshing in post war America. Born in New York and raised in Florence by his American mother and French/Italian father, Alexander was mostly known for the textiles work he created for American company Herman Miller along side furniture designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.

Folkloric floral pattern by Alexander Girard

Girard had trained as an architect at the Royal School of Architecture in Rome and although his original work was full of structure and form he later embraced the folkloric style which he became so famous for. Alexander went on to work on many cool projects, like the Braniff International Airport, and with well respected design houses, but his design work eventually fell by the wayside due to his enormous folk art collection and his dedication in designing the exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.

Folk art museum poster by Alexander Girard

Alexander Girard‘s designs are licensed out by the Girard family and are being sold today as all kinds of fun things. I especially like the funny people he drew, the wonderful fonts he designed and dream about one day having a replica of  his sunken couch communal areas in my house :)

Gwyn