October 24, 2015

In celebration of the fifth anniversary of Herman Miller’s Tokyo store, Herman Miller and Maharam celebrate the life and work of Alexander Girard with a special pop-up experience during Tokyo Design Week. Alexander Girard: An Uncommon Vision will offer a meaningful glimpse into this prolific designer’s diverse skills and unique vision.

Alexander Girard: An Uncommon Vision will launch on October 24 during Tokyo Design Week, and will remain open to the public through November 7. A curated exhibition of textiles, objects, and furniture from the Herman Miller Archive will expose visitors to an unparalleled body of work by the late designer. In addition to the display of one-of-a-kind Girard upholstered pieces, new Girard furnishings and silkscreen panels, and textiles from Maharam, a selection of officially licensed Girard designs and products will be available for purchase. Herman Miller and Maharam invite visitors to be inspired by Girard’s uncommon way of seeing.

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Alexander Girard: An Uncommon Vision will be on display at the Herman Miller Store, MY PLAZA 2-1-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily from Oct. 24 – Nov. 7.

About Alexander Girard
"My greatest enjoyment and satisfaction in the solution of any project is uncovering the latent fantasy and magic in it." —Alexander Girard

Trained as an architect, but proficient in all manner of activities, Alexander Girard was introduced to Herman Miller through Charles Eames and George Nelson, established the Herman Miller Textile Division in 1952, and served as the company’s Director of Design until 1973. From his outpost in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he designed over 300 textiles in multitudes of colorways, multiple collections of wallpaper, decorative prints and wall hangings, an expansive group of furniture, and both decorative and useful objects. His passion for international folk art led him around the globe as he amassed a collection of roughly 106,000 pieces, and his many corporate and freelance assignments—including the La Fonda Del Sol restaurant and the total design program for Braniff International—engendered lavish praise for his diverse skills and unique vision.

About Herman Miller
Herman Miller’s inspiring designs, inventive technologies, and strategic services help people do great things and organizations to perform at their best. Herman Miller designs are found in the permanent design collections of museums worldwide, while innovative business practices and a commitment to social responsibility have also helped establish Herman Miller as a recognized global leader. In 2015, Herman Miller was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the 12th consecutive year.