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Girard Color Wheel Ottoman

 Alexander Girard

Colorful and charming, the Color Wheel Ottoman exemplifies the vibrant work of Alexander Girard. One of the first archival reissues of Girard’s sole furniture line for Herman Miller, it enlivens home and working spaces as a footrest, coffee table, an extra seat, or conversation starter.  Featuring distinctive polished aluminum legs and an array of upholstery options, it is as useful and unique as it was when it debuted in 1967.

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An Energetic Mix of Color and Versatility

Of the Girard Group, which was in production for only one year, Girard wrote: “My group of furniture designs resemble the chameleon: its character remains intact yet its skin texture and color change to suit the environment.” Adaptability was important because Girard noted that, “Offices are more homelike—they are more inviting and less sterile. Homes are more efficient and less cluttered—more like offices.” His Color Wheel Ottoman addresses this shift with aplomb. Compact and versatile, it is a useful surface for a variety of spaces. Bold and lively, its dual-density foam cushion adds color to any space through an array of vibrant upholstery options.

Alexander Girard

“I have no favorite material; anything can be used to create beauty if handled well.”

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  • All-Over Pattern

    All-Over Pattern

    The Color Wheel Ottoman may be covered in Multicolored Bright—a version of Jacobs Coat, the cheerful and sleek pattern of stripes Girard designed in 1959.

  • Choices in Multiple Colors

    Choices in Multiple Colors

    Upholstery options also include a playful arrangement of coordinated colors in four palettes of Hallingdal by Kvadrat for Maharam: Light Blue, Dark Blue, Red, or Orange.

Girard Color Wheel Ottoman

An idea that took flight.

17,543 Ways to Transform the "Plain Plane"

As Director of Design for Herman Miller from 1952 to 1973, Alexander Girard focused his talents on establishing and growing the Textile Division. But his freelance life was a rich one, and in 1965, he acquired a new client: Braniff International Airways.

Hired to orchestrate what amounted to a complete overhaul of Braniff's brand experience, Girard directed a comprehensive scheme that signaled "the end of the plain plane." Within this new system, Girard made an impressive 17,543 design changes that included everything from playing cards and matchbooks, to baggage tags and tickets, to the interiors of the planes themselves.

Girard Color Wheel Ottoman
Girard Color Wheel Ottoman

From Airports to Living Spaces

As part of the new brand identity, the company's airport lounges also received Girard's attention. In turn, he designed new sofas, lounge chairs, café seating, and tables for the airline's customers. Two years later, in 1967, the Braniff designs were commercialized into the Girard Group—his only collection of furnishings for Herman Miller.

Vibrant and full of personality, the collection—only produced for one year—was meant to be a beautiful, versatile solution for a variety of settings. "My group of furniture designs resembles the chameleon: its character remains intact yet its skin texture and color change to suit the environment," Girard wrote. "The permutations are infinite." The Color Wheel Ottoman represents the first archival reproductions of Girard's adaptable, imaginative furniture.

Girard Color Wheel Ottoman

General Dimensions

  • H:15"
  • D:36"
Girard Color Wheel Ottoman

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Do not apply water or any liquid solution. Wetting the fabric with any liquid solution may result in permanent damage.