As a textile designer for Herman Miller from 1952 to 1973, Alexander Girard collaborated with Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson to form what is widely known as the “Camelot” of design. In the mid-century era of Modernist sterility, Girard’s folk art sensibilities softened the hard edges of the prevailing style. His love for typography and use of illustrative lettering was evident in his personal work as well as high-profile pieces such as the renowned International Love Heart.
In creating its own interpretation of the Girard aesthetic, House Industries undertook an extensive research project, exploring four decades of the designer’s work archived at Vitra in Germany and Herman Miller in Zeeland, Michigan. A pilgrimage to New Mexico unearthed more reference materials, including Girard’s famous Unitarian Church mural in Albuquerque, his collections at the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe, and more treasures at the home of the Girard family.
For the Alexander Girard fonts, House Industries designers took inspiration from a variety of source materials and the variety shows, as does their obvious love for Girard’s work. Definitely worth a look!