Furniture from the
Vision of Alexander Girard
Designs from a Prolific Creator
Alexander Girard’s uncommon vision, diverse skills, and progressive approach to finding solutions resulted in a portfolio of work that is not only staggering in volume, but also still relevant today due to its beauty, usefulness, and creativity. The designer and architect—Herman Miller’s Director of Design for its textile division from 1952 to 1973—created over 300 textiles in multitudes of colorways, decorative prints and objects, various collections of wallpaper, and a line of furnishings, the Girard Group, which debuted from Herman Miller in 1967.
A Collection that Adapts and Delights
An extension of sofa, lounge chair, cafe seating, and table designs Girard created for Braniff International Airways, the Girard Group was the designer’s only furniture collection for Herman Miller. Distinctive and flexible, the line intended to inject personality and color into a space. It also addressed what Girard saw as the evolving nature of home and working interiors. “Offices are more homelike—they are more inviting and less sterile. Homes are more efficient and less cluttered—more like offices,” he observed. “This furniture then belongs where it appeals visually and functionally."
One of the first archival reissues of Girard’s furniture, the Hexagonal Table demonstrates the line’s versatility, utility, and imagination. Striking and unexpected, the six-sided table is an example of Girard’s gift for making a strong statement using even the simplest geometric forms.