Alexander Girard, a colleague of Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, was a key figure in post- war American design.
As well as textile design, Girard also worked in the graphic arts and furniture, exhibition and interior design. He donated 100,000 pieces to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Swiss furniture brand Vitra, which is long established in Clerkenwell, has launched a range of printed round tablecloths created by Girard in 1961 for the Textiles & Objects shop (T&O) in New York. The round tablecloths are available in two patterns: geometric in black or yellow and lace in blue or pink. Vitra describes Girard’s work as bringing a “sensuous playfulness” to 20th century design in contrast to “austere” modernism.