September 4, 2018

NeoCon: Making History

Circles by Maharam.

The legacy of Alexander Girard endures at Maharam. The textile behemoth is reissuing five of his vintage patterns from the archives of the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Plus and Steps, both designed in 1960 as napkins for New York eatery La Fonda del Sol, and Check, originally a 1956 Georg Jensen place mat, have been reimagined as handwoven cotton rugs. Two additional patterns reappear as cotton-blend upholstery: Circles, a multipurpose fabric from 1952, Girard’s first year at Herman Miller, and Edges, adapted from a 1962 collage but never produced—a fact not lost on granddaughter Aleishall Girard Maxon, co-creative director of Girard Studios. “When we discover pieces we haven’t seen before,” she notes, “it’s like a window back into the world as our grandfather envisioned it.”

Check by Maharam.
Steps by Maharam.
Plus by Maharam.
Edges by Maharam.

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