Furniture from the Vision
of Alexander Girard
Beyond Textiles: The Girard Group
Renowned for his bold vision, mastery of color and pattern, and impeccable taste, architect and designer Alexander Girard served as Director of Design for Herman Miller’s textile division from 1952 to 1973. While he focused his abilities on the textile program at Herman Miller, for interiors and clients, Girard had a long history of designing furniture. For Braniff International Airways this included sofas, lounge chairs, cafe seating, and tables for its airport lounges. In 1967, those designs were expanded and commercialized into the Girard Group.
Designs that Adapt and Delight
Girard’s only furniture collection for Herman Miller, the line was distinctive, sometimes dramatic, and always intended to adjust to a variety of interiors. "There is good evidence today which tells us that traditional concepts predetermining how a given environment should look have begun to erode,” Girard said. “Offices are more homelike—they are more inviting and less sterile. Homes are more efficient and less cluttered—more like offices.... This furniture then belongs where it appeals visually and functionally."
The Splayed Leg Table epitomizes the first Girard line not only in its versatility, but also in its slightly less-serious character. The square table top has softer, rounded corners. Sculptural and surprising, the four aluminum legs that support it group together in the center, then spread out and apart. A sophisticated design with a touch of personality, it is a design that adds character and interest to any environment.