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Three Pieces of Alexander Girard (1907-1993) for Herman Miller Fabrics, Mexico, cotton, c. 1960, "Mexicotton Solid," in orange, Herman Miller paper labels, wd. 22 in., lg. 3 1/2 yards, and two pieces of "Mexicotton Solid" in gold on its original Herman Miller shipping tube, Herman Miller paper labels, each approx. wd. 22 in., lg. 2 yards.
Note: Girard became director of design for Herman Miller's textile division in 1952, a time when fabrics, especially in the office, tended toward the utilitarian, drab and pattern-less. "People got fainting fits if they saw bright, pure color," Girard commented at the time. At Herman Miller, Girard had the freedom to express himself. With primary colors, concise geometric patterns, and a touch of humor, he injected joy and spontaneity into his designs. During his tenure, he created over 300 textile designs in multitudes of colorways, wallpapers, prints, furniture, and objects. Girard's work with Herman Miller continued until 1973 and included spicing up the Action Office system with a series of decorative panel fabrics. - Herman Miller
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