Alexander Girard

"Infinite are man’s expressions of beauty and love; open your eyes your ears and your heart to them and you will unite the peoples of the world."

Alexander Girard (1907-1993) profoundly influenced mid-20th-century design. After graduating from the Royal School of Architecture in Rome and working in Florence and New York, he became the founding director of Herman Miller's textile division in 1952.

Girard's colorful abstract and geometric designs came from his love of international folk art. In 1978, he donated his collection of over 100,000 objects to the Museum of International Folk Art in New Mexico. 



Steven Frykholm
Graphic Designer

It seems like summer is finally coming to Chicago, just in time for Memorial Day. With the hope of nice weather ahead, we're planning weekend picnics and BBQs. It all reminds us of Herman Miller's first in-house graphic designer, Steven Frykholm. Frykholm was Herman Miller's poster child—literally. His first project at Herman Miller was exactly that, a poster for the Herman Miller Summer Picnic. Take a peak at his contribution to Herman Miller's heritage while you prepare for your own summer kick-off.