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.