Alexander Girard

Alexander Girard

Mat Sanders
Oct 7, 2010

Alexander Girard is best known for his contributions in American textile design for Herman Miller between the 1950's and 1970's. His combination of bright colors and simple, geometric shapes set the bar for modern design, and his distinct and colorful style is showcased in the Indianapolis Museum of Art's preservation of the Miller House, in Columbus, Indiana.

Alexander Girard's use of bright colors and simple shapes were an expression of his love of folk art and cultural diversity. As a National Historic Landmark, The Miller House, designed in 1957, features the architecture of Eero Saarinen, landscapes by Daniel Urban Kiley and interiors by Alexander Girard. A hallmark of mid-century design, the Miller House is considered the quintessential example of Girard's use of color and pattern. Today, the home represents a total work of art - a collaboration of three great mid-century designers at the height of their careers. Now a curated a museum piece, the Indiana home serves as a time capsule of impeccable, modern design and displays Girard's fondness for bold colors and rich textiles.

To learn more about Alexander Girard and the Miller House, visit the Indianapolis Museums of Art's website at

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