Alexander Girard.
A Designer’s Universe

Cranbrook Art Museum

– 8 October 2017

The designer Alexander Girard is credited with having a lasting influence on the shape of American design. The retrospective exhibition "A Designer's Universe" pays homage to the designer’s entire work. It was previously shown at the Vitra Design Museum.

Among the focal points of the exhibition are Girard’s numerous textile designs that he designed as head of the textile department at the Herman Miller Company. The combination of powerful colours and abstract geometric forms was very unusual in the 1950s and has not lost its resonance over the years. Girard also used motifs from nature, which he transformed into stylised ornaments. Sketches and collages, now available to view for the first time, provide an insight into Girard’s design processes. 

Also on show are some 300 objects of folk art collected by  Girard and his wife. Over a period of fifty years, the couple collected more than 100,000 objects from 100 countries that served as models and sources of inspiration for Girard. The collection is, of course, also of great cultural value.

The exhibition combines focuses on the different elements that characterise the working life of Alexander Girard and spans an arc from his sources of inspiration, his creative processes and the resulting objects.


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