Great Designers: Alexander Girard


Fruit Tree — Green on White by Alexander Girard, from maXimo inc.

Reference Library posted some original Alexander Girard fabric from eBay, and it prompted me to do a little Googling as I don’t know that much about Girard. maXimo inc. out of Albuquerque, NM (Girard’s home state) has Girard fabric (both screenprinted and woven “Mexicottons,” home textiles, and paper goods, and has some nice biographical information too.


Mexicotton pink multi-stripe fabric by Alexander Girard, from maXimo inc.

Girard is best known as the head of Herman Miller’s textile division from 1952 to 1973. From the maXimo site:

Widely considered the greatest colorist and textile designer of modern time, Girard used traditional folk art to infuse color, whimsy, and humor into vibrant modern design. He was able to capture the essence of Latin America while still creating designs that were fresh and contemporary, finding the perfect balance of high and low art forms.

More links:
Wikipedia entry
La Fonda Del Sol — nostalgic site for an NYC restaurant designed from top to bottom by Girard
Biographical article on Dwell
Girard + Braniff International airlines, also here


Roman Stripe – Beige on Grey by Alexander Girard, from maXimo inc.


  1. maggi says:

    Yummy, Kim ~ thanks for sharing. Came over thanks to Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Studio and I’m happy to have added you to my Bloglines. These juicy little bites are perfect!

  2. Patricia says:

    Thanks for the info on Alexander Girard! I have been seeing his things popping up everywhere, so it’s great to have the background on his work. Keep informing us!

  3. suzee says:

    Girard has been my favorite ever since I found a vintage roll of his fabric at a tag sale for $6, sold it on eBay for $1,000. (Yeah, that was a good day). I still have a yard of that fabric, and would love to share it in your vintage section, sometime.

    Fruit Tree is one of my favorites, too! I’d like to build a whole room around it…

  4. Pam says:

    The International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe, NM has an entire wing of the folk art collection of Alexander Girard! His unique vision comes to life in this huge, diverse, colorful and exciting exhibit. Plan to see it soon!