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Alexander Girard Furniture

The director of design for the textiles department at Herman Miller, Inc., from 1952 to 1973, mid-century modern visionary Alexander Girard introduced bright, bouncy colors to upholstery and drapery fabrics, created jaunty graphics for marketing and advertising materials and devised motifs for everything from textiles to ceramics based on his true love: folk art from cultures around the globe.

The son of an American mother and an Italian father, Girard (known as Sandro to his friends) was born in New York City in 1907 but raised in Florence. He came from a creative family — his father was a master woodworker — and Girard began drawing and making his own playthings as a youngster. He had a fascination for nativity crèche tableaux, an enthusiasm that likely was the germ for his later interest in folk art. He went on to earn degrees in architecture at schools in both Rome and London before returning to New York in the 1930s and working in interior design.

By the 1940s, he and his wife, Susan, had moved to Detroit, where Girard was head of design for Detrola, a firm specializing in tabletop radios. The elegant bentwood housings that he developed for the devices won him acclaim, but, more importantly, at Detrola he met Charles Eames. The two became lifelong friends, and it was Eames who drew Girard toward Herman Miller, which had no dedicated textile department until Girard arrived, and most of its furniture was upholstered in mundane, “safe” hues. Girard changed all that, introducing fabrics in vivid shades of red, orange, yellow and blue. His early designs incorporated geometric motifs — stripes, circles, square, triangles and such. But toward the end of the 1950s he began to introduce folk art themes into his designs.

Girard did not collect important or expensive folk pieces. Rather he was drawn to simple objects such as handmade toys, figurines and models of animals, buildings and plants. The fabrics that emerged had whimsical, lighthearted motifs depicting, for example, angels, children, birds and flowers. Toward the end of his term with Herman Miller, in an effort to achieve what he termed “aesthetic functionalism,” Girard produced a group of what he called “Environmental Enrichment” pieces — silk-screened cotton panels emblazoned with various graphic designs, from bold geometric patterns to folk art themes. They were meant to divide spaces in offices or the home in lieu of walls while simultaneously functioning as art. Today, panels of vintage Girard upholstery textiles have become premium collectibles. The designer's furniture is less well known, primarily because most of it was created for private commissions.

Girard’s most lasting contribution may be his folk art collection. He and Susan had begun gathering pieces shortly after their marriage, in 1936. By the 1970s, they had amassed the world’s largest collection of cross-cultural folk art, composed of more than 100,000 pieces from around the world. The Girards donated their holdings to the Museum of International Folk Art, in Santa Fe (where they had moved in the ’60s), quintupling the institution’s collection, and a new wing — named for the Girards — had to be built to hold it.

Find a striking range of vintage Alexander Girard seating, tables, textiles and other furnishings on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Alexander Girard
Maharam Pillow, Names by Alexander Girard
By Alexander Girard, Maharam
Located in New York, NY
Maharam Pillow Names by Alexander Girard 001 Crimson on White In his design work, Alexander Girard repeatedly explored an interest in the characters and symbols that comprise langu...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Cotton, Polyester

Herman Miller Chairs Alexander Girard Miller Stripe
By Herman Miller, Alexander Girard
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Post Modern Herman Miller Chairs with gorgeous Alexander Girard Miller Stripe fabric. Added bonus is that these can stack. Up to 3 available Arm H 25'' ask for custom shipping quote
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1980s American Post-Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Metal

Modernist Alexander Girard Fabric Chairs by Peter Protzmann for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Peter Protzmann, Alexander Girard
Located in Buffalo, NY
Peter Protzman’s design career began in Michigan where he spent over 10 years with Herman Miller working alongside such design luminaries as Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson. ...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Metal, Chrome

Maharam Pillow, Lanalux by Alexander Girard, 1970
By Maharam, Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
Maharam pillow Lanalux by Alexander Girard, 1970 002 Umber Exploring texture, fiber variation, and color, Lanalux is a timeless and versatile textile that was originally designed b...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Wool

Maharam Pillow, Palio by Alexander Girard
By Maharam, Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
Maharam Pillow Palio by Alexander Girard 002 Sky Palio by Alexander Girard, 1964 draws its motifs, colors and name from the famous bareback horse race held semi-annually in Siena, I...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Cotton, Nylon

Maharam Pillow, Checker Split by Alexander Girard
By Alexander Girard, Maharam
Located in New York, NY
Maharam Pillow Checker Split by Alexander Girard 001 Black/White Checker Split exemplifies Alexander Girard’s lifelong exploration of geometric motifs. Designed for the Herman Mill...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Cotton, Polyester

Maharam Pillow, Checker by Alexander Girard
By Maharam, Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
Maharam Pillow Checker by Alexander Girard 008 Black/White Designed by Alexander Girard for the Herman Miller textile division in 1965, checker is a simple checkerboard design offer...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Cotton, Polyester

Maharam Pillow, Checker by Alexander Girard
By Alexander Girard, Maharam
Located in New York, NY
Maharam Pillow Checker by Alexander Girard 010 Blue Gray/Emerald Designed by Alexander Girard for the Herman Miller textile division in 1965, checker is a simple checkerboard design...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Cotton, Polyester

Maharam Pillow, Checker by Alexander Girard
By Alexander Girard, Maharam
Located in New York, NY
Maharam Pillow Checker by Alexander Girard 009 Ultramarine/Turquoise Designed by Alexander Girard for the Herman Miller textile division in 1965, checker is a simple checkerboard de...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Cotton, Polyester

Color Wheel by Alexander Girard for Herman Miller Labeled
By Alexander Girard, Herman Miller
Located in New York, NY
Alexander Girard for Herman Miller Color Wheel. The ottoman is made from a fabric used by the creator called Kvadrat Hallingdal fabric. Legs are po...
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2010s Mid-Century Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Aluminum

1967 Prototype Alexander Girard/Ray Eames/Charles Eames Coffee Table
By Alexander Girard, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is an exceptionally rare coffee table designed by renowned designers Alexander Girard, Ray Eames, and Charles Eames. It appears that this was a collaborative work with a top material pattern designed by Ray Eames and Alexander Girard. The base was then designed by Ray and Charles Eames (and the Eames office) and matches other La Fonda table...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Aluminum

1967 Rare Alexander Girard/Ray Eames/Charles Eames Coffee Table w/ Gold Laminate
By Alexander Girard, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is an exceptionally rare coffee table designed by renowned designers Alexander Girard, Ray Eames, and Charles Eames. This design was part of a table collection, which...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Aluminum

Eames Girard Armchair by Herman Miller
By Alexander Girard
Located in Kalamazoo, MI
Iconic Eames fiberglass armchair upholstered in Alexander Girard fabric on a zinc plated base. The chair has new foam making it very comfortable. The fabric cover shows some loose ar...
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Mid-20th Century Alexander Girard Furniture

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Fabric

1967 Rare Alexander Girard & Charles Eames Coffee Table with Black Laminate Top
By Alexander Girard, Herman Miller
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Listed for sale is an exceptionally rare coffee table designed by renowned designers Alexander Girard and Charles Eames. This design was part of a table collection, which was worked ...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Aluminum

Alexander Girard & George Nelson Inc. Wall Mounted Vanity, Model 1030
By Alexander Girard, George Nelson
Located in Seattle, WA
An unusual and rare wall mounted vanity from the 1964 Herman Miller accessory line to the CSS storage system. A collaborative design by Alexander Girard...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Aluminum

Alexander Girard Coffee Table by Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Alexander Girard
Located in Highland, IN
Alexander Girard's model #66350 coffee table was part of a suite of furniture originally designed for Braniff Airlines. Produced by Herman Miller for a single year in 1967, these rar...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Aluminum

Maharam Pillow, Quatrefoil by Alexander Girard
By Maharam, Alexander Girard
Located in New York, NY
Maharam Pillow Quatrefoil by Alexander Girard 001 Silver Alexander Girard drew inspiration from his world travels, as well as from his fascination with traditional folk art. Quatre...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Cotton, Nylon

Alexander Girard La Fonda Del Sol for Mayer China Bowls, Set of Four
By Alexander Girard
Located in Garnerville, NY
A set of four Alexander Girard designed white glazed porcelain bowls for Mayer China. A La Fonda Del Sol design. Fully signed on the bottom, A La Fonda Del Sol Design, Mayer China-Mi...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Porcelain

Marilyn Neuhart Alexander Girard Doll Textiles & Objects
By Alexander Girard, Marilyn Neuhart
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Hand Made Doll, by Marilyn Neuhart for Textiles & Objects, which was a "pop up shop" conceived by Alexander Girard and sponsored by Herman Miller in May of 1961. See the last tw...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Wool, Linen, Silk

Marilyn Neuhart Alexander Girard Doll Textiles & Objects
By Alexander Girard, Marilyn Neuhart
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Hand Made Doll, by Marilyn Neuhart for Textiles & Objects, which was a "pop up shop" conceived by Alexander Girard and sponsored by Herman Miller in May of 1961. See the last tw...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Wool, Linen, Silk

1965 Alexander Girard for Braniff Airlines & Herman Miller Glass Coffee Table
By Alexander Girard
Located in Seattle, WA
Alongside his contemporaries Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was a prominent figure in postwar US design. In a departure from the rather austere Modernist a...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Aluminum

Alexander Girard Ashtray/ Match Holder from La Fonda Del Sol
By Alexander Girard
Located in Highland, IN
This sweet, sculptural piece designed by Alexander Girard and made by Mayer China Minners & Co for the NY restautant La Fonda del Sol. The glazed porc...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Porcelain

Marilyn Neuhart Alexander Girard Doll Textiles and Objects
By Alexander Girard, Marilyn Neuhart
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Hand Made Doll, by Marilyn Neuhart for Textiles & Objects, which was a "pop up shop" conceived by Alexander Girard and sponsored by Herman Miller in May of 1961. See the last tw...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Wool, Linen, Silk

Alexander Girard for Herman Miller Neck Ties. NOS. Silk. Vintage 1960s, Signed
By Alexander Girard, Herman Miller
Located in Kansas City, MO
Super rare neckties designed by Alexander Girard for Herman Miller, 1960s. We don't think these were ever in mass production. All th...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Silk

Marilyn Neuhart Alexander Girard Doll from Textiles and Objects
By Marilyn Neuhart, Alexander Girard
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Hand Made Doll, by Marilyn Neuhart for Textiles & Objects, which was a "pop up shop" conceived by Alexander Girard and sponsored by Herman Miller in May of 1961. See the last tw...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Wool, Linen, Silk

1960s La Fonda Del Sol Restaurant Salt Shakers Girard Midcentury
By Alexander Girard
Located in Hyattsville, MD
Alexander Girard for Mayer China / Minners. Made in the 1960s. Bollard-form salt shakers. Identical each with single hole. No chips, no cracks. Some crazing to the white bands around...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Porcelain

Marilyn Neuhart Alexander Girard Doll from Textiles & Objects
By Alexander Girard, Marilyn Neuhart
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rare Hand Made Doll, by Marilyn Neuhart for Textiles & Objects, which was a "pop up shop" conceived by Alexander Girard and sponsored by Herman Miller in May of 1961. See the last tw...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Wool, Linen, Silk

Alexander Girard for Braniff Airlines Hexagon Side Table
By Alexander Girard
Located in Seattle, WA
Alongside his contemporaries Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was a prominent figure in postwar US design. In a departure from the rather austere Modernist a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Swiss Mid-Century Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Aluminum

Eames for Herman Miller Black Slate and Chrome “La Fonda” Coffee Table
By Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard, Herman Miller
Located in Shippensburg, PA
"LA FONDA" BLACK SLATE AND CHROME COFFEE TABLE Designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller unlabeled Item # 204IJG23P A table originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames ...
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Slate, Chrome

Alexander Girard Table for The Dragon Peak House
By Alexander Girard, Herman Miller, Eero Saarinen
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Rare collectors item designed by Alexander Girard. Dining table from Dragon Peak House. This table is one of four examples created for the Dragon Peak House. Features four folding ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Steel

1965 Alexander Girard for Braniff Airlines & Herman Miller Marble Coffee Table
By Alexander Girard
Located in Seattle, WA
Alongside his contemporaries Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was a prominent figure in postwar US design. In a departure from the rather austere Modernist a...
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1960s North American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Aluminum

1965 Alexander Girard Side Table by Herman Miller for Braniff Airlines
By Alexander Girard, Herman Miller
Located in Pasadena, TX
1965 Alexander Girard for Braniff airlines granite side table Alexander Girard was a prominent figure in postwar US design. In a departure from the rather austere Modernist aesth...
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Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Granite, Aluminum

1960s Alexander Girard Ashtray La Fonda Del Sol Restaurant NYC New York City MCM
By Alexander Girard
Located in Hyattsville, MD
A very rare and vintage New York City relic. No chips, No handling damage. However this example does have some manufacturing defects that are all Photo'd.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Porcelain

Rare Alexander Girard Detrola Radio, circa 1946, Modernist
By Alexander Girard
Located in Buffalo, NY
Nice original working condition,, replaced back.. Signed with stamped manufacturer’s mark to underside: [12132]. USA Medium Design/Decorative Art Manufacturer Detrola Radio...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Brass

Charles Eames Alexander Girard Shell Chairs in Two-Tone Checkerboard
By Alexander Girard, Charles Eames
Located in Chicago, IL
A good pair of orange and yellow Charles Eames and Alexander Girard chairs for Herman Miller. Custom order label on underside. Dated May 6, 1974. More pics to come. Upholstery is in...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Fiberglass

Alexander Girard Carolus Magnus Plates, The Miller House
By Alexander Girard, Georg Jensen
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
Alexander Girard created these plates for the Miller House, one of the most iconic examples of Mid-Century designs. These are original with very little use and in amazing condition. ...
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1950s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Ceramic

Coffee Table by Alexander Girard & Charles Eames for La Fonda NYC 1960
By Alexander Girard
Located in Jersey City, NJ
Alexander Girard designed coffee or cocktail table for La Fonda de Sol Restaurant in Manhattan's Time & Life building in 1960 where he designed the furniture, dinnerware and logos an...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

Alexander Girard Occasional Table for Herman Miller
By Alexander Girard
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
A rare marble top table by Alexander Girard for Herman Miller, circa 1960s.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Marble, Aluminum

Eames LKH-2 Lounge with Girard Upholstery by Herman Miller
By Alexander Girard, Charles and Ray Eames, Herman Miller
Located in Highland, IN
This terrific example of the Eames LKH-2 easy chair has a black wire seat, a bikini pad in magenta naugahyde designed by Alexander Girard and a zinc lounge ...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Steel

Cabinet by Alexander Girard for George Nelson, USA C. 1965
By Alexander Girard
Located in Jersey City, NJ
One of four cabinets with sliding doors and open pulls made for George Nelson's office and designed by Alexander Girard. The cabinet is in its original condition with its original "G...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Metal

One of a Kind Midcentury Side Table Designed by Alexander Girard
By Alexander Girard
Located in BROOKLYN, NY
One of a kind Midcentury side table designed by Alexander Girard. handmade terrazzo table with inlay on steel frame legs. Features Girards early signature ( triangle, square, circle)...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Steel

Vintage Alexander Girard Side Chair for Herman Miller
By Herman Miller, Alexander Girard
Located in Pasadena, TX
A vintage Alexander Girard armchair. The chair is upholstered in a olive color fabric. The classic color tone allow for the armchair to be a g...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Aluminum

Alexander Girard Textile Art
By Alexander Girard
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wood Mounted Textile by Alexander Girard.
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Alexander Girard Furniture

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Textile

Set of Eight Sculptural Dining Chairs by Poul Volther, Frem Rojle, Denmark
By Alexander Girard, Frem Røjle, Poul Volther
Located in Buffalo, NY
Set of eight Poul Volther teak side chairs by Frem Rojle, Classic Mid-Century design, superior quality and construction, finger joinery. Retains original Alexander Girard electric bl...
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Mid-20th Century Danish Scandinavian Modern Alexander Girard Furniture

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Fabric, Teak

Alexander Girard furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Alexander Girard furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of fabric and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Alexander Girard furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 37 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 8 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Alexander Girard were created in the mid-century modern style in north america during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Charak Furniture Company, Phillip Lloyd Powell, and Kittinger. Prices for Alexander Girard furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $150 and can go as high as $250,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,300.

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