Girard Throw

Designer: Alexander Girard
In the mid-1960s, Alexander Girard designed this richly hued throw blanket as part of an astounding 17,543 item brand identity system—from logo to lounge furniture to bag tags—for Braniff International Airways. Recreated today by Pendleton—whose blankets Girard avidly collected—the designs are crafted from a blend of 82 percent naturally breathable, wrinkle resistant, high-quality virgin wool and 18 percent cotton.

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    Girard Throw

    A Dream Blanket

    Pendleton's reproduction of the Girard Throw—designed as part of his overall brand identity system for Braniff International Airways—are offered in a palette of bold plaids including natural and white, white and black, orange and fuchsia, and teal and aqua. These exquisite blankets imbue living spaces with color and style—just as they did for Braniff's fleet in 1965.

    Alexander Girard

    "Fabric design is not easel painting or illustrating—
    it is fabric design."

    Alexander Girard
    Girard Throw

    Living with a higher
    regard for one's

    An Elevated Approach

    At the behest of Charles Eames, Alexander Girard was recruited by Herman Miller to develop a textile program that would meet the post-war need for modern textiles. He established the company's Textile Division in 1952, and served as its Director of Design until 1973.

    With a resolute and reserved personality, Girard believed quality should speak for itself—and he did much to propagate the notion that life could be lived with a higher regard for one's surroundings. His first collection, introduced in 1952, reflected this philosophy and included a range of bold colors and versatile textures. To this foundation he began adding interrelated woven patterns and printed designs.

    An Elevated Approach

    Elegant Reproduction

    Pendleton has recreated one of Girard's many designs for Braniff—an exquisite throw. The plaid blanket—expressed in four colorways—hearkens to a time when travel was an occasion for elegance.

    The design is just one example of Girard's unpatrolled body of work that stands wholly apart from his contemporaries. From his outpost in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he designed over 300 textiles in multitudes of colorways, multiple collections of wallpaper, decorative prints and wall hangings, an expansive group of furniture, and both decorative and useful objects—a body of work well ahead of its time.

    Alexander Girard

    The End of the Plain Plane

    TIn 1965, the Jack Tinker Agency hired Girard to orchestrate what amounted to a complete overhaul of the Braniff International Airway's brand experience. From playing cards and matchbooks, to baggage tags and tickets, to the airport lounges and planes, Girard marshaled his talents into a comprehensive scheme that signaled "the end of the plain plane," ultimately making 17,543 design changes that included 56 textiles for use in the interiors of Braniff planes. These fabrics featured a range of geometric patterns and related to one another with a consistent mix of primary, secondary, and tertiary colors.

    The End of the Plain Plane

    Girard Throw

    General Dimensions

    • W:54"
    • H:65"
    Girard Throw

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