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Alexander Girard

Alexander Girard (1907 - 1993), affectionately known as Sandro, was an architect and textile designer born in New York City to an American mother from Boston and a French-Italian father. He was raised in Florence, Italy. A graduate of the Royal School of Architecture in Rome, Girard refined his design skills in both Florence and New York.

Girard is widely known for his contributions to the field of American textile design, particularly through his work for Herman Miller (1952 - 1975), where he created fabrics for the designs of George Nelson and Charles & Ray Eames.

His work also includes designing the La Fonda del Sol Restaurant in New York (1960), the Herman Miller Showplace: T&O (Textiles and Objects) (1961), Braniff Airlines (1965), L'Etoile Restaurant (1966), and the Compound Restaurant (1967).

He and his wife, Susan Girard, amassed a remarkable collection of artifacts consisting of folk art, popular art, toys, and textiles from around the world, which is displayed through the Girard Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 1978, the Girards donated their immense collection to the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. The Girard Wing, designed and installed by Alexander Girard himself, was built in 1982 and houses the permanent exhibition known as "Multiple Visions: A Common Bond." It houses artifacts from more than 100 nations and is still immensely popular with the public.

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