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Hand and Dove Girard Environmental Enrichment Panel

 Alexander Girard
Alexander Girard’s whimsical hand and dove design evokes recurring themes in his series of decorative Environmental Enrichment Panels: love, peace, and freedom. Originally released in 1972 to add personality to Herman Miller’s Action Office furniture system, this archival reissue now adds warmth and color to both living and working spaces. Bright and bold, the 47-by-16-inch canvas print artwork is pre-mounted and simple to hang. Mounting hardware is included.

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    A Bold Injection of Color

    Alexander Girard created 40 decorative silkscreen designs released in 1972 to complement Action Office, the first open-plan furniture system. His aim was to personalize and add an element of “aesthetic functionalism” to these installations. Unlike the designer’s usual printed textiles, the fabric panels consisted of single stand-alone images that range from abstract patterns to figurative pictograms. Large, vibrant, and filled with personality, the Environmental Enrichment Panels epitomized Girard’s belief that design should bring beauty, fun, and sensuality to our lives.

    Alexander Girard

    “Art is only art when it is synonymous with living.”

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    Personality in Action

    A Career in Color

    As director of design for Herman Miller’s textile division from 1952 to 1973, Alexander Girard produced a portfolio of more than 300 textile designs. Every item he created, from prints and wallpapers to furniture and objects, reflected his love of vivid color, pattern, and abstract and geometric form. Beginning in 1971, he took on what would be the last project in his portfolio for Herman Miller: a series of decorative panels for Action Office, the world’s first open-plan furniture system.

    An Elevated Approach

    Upping the Originality

    The brainchild of Robert Propst, then-president of Herman Miller Research Corporation, the groundbreaking Action Office system transformed the concept of office design. Its streamlined, reconfigurable components and rethinking of traditional office furniture broke the mold—and became wildly successful. It was no surprise, then, that Herman Miller would consult a creative mind like Girard’s to push the system’s innovative spirit to the next level.

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    An Injection of Life

    To give the Action Office environments more personality and a touch of human warmth, Girard developed a series of screen-printed graphics on fabric called Environmental Enrichment Panels. The playful, colorful panels were large and flat—made to define spaces, brighten walls, and hang from ceilings and on doors. Their stand-alone motifs ranged from abstract designs, hearts, and plant life to gatherings of stars, portraits of people, and a peering pair of eyes. In contrast to Propst’s spare and efficient designs, Girard’s 40 eclectic pieces of artwork brought depth, vibrancy, and a jolt of emotion to the office. As a final contribution to the company he worked with for 21 years, Girard’s joyous designs served as an exclamation point for his long, legendary tenure with Herman Miller.

    The End of the Plain Plane

    General Dimensions

    • H:405"
    • W:1195"
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    With regular care and maintenance, your Herman Miller product will provide many years of superior performance and satisfaction. To maintain quality, please follow the cleaning procedures outlined here.

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    For normal cleaning, vacuum upholstery fabric using an upholstery attachment. If further cleaning is needed, dry-clean or spot clean fabric with solvent cleaner.

    Do not brush fabric or use a vacuum attachment with a rotary brush. Brushing may permanently damage the nap or change the character of the fabric.

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