Alexander Girard (1907-1993) was born in New York. Together with his close friends George Nelson and Charles & Ray Eames, he was one of the most important persons when it comes to post-war American designers. Girard focused primarily on textile design, he was head of the Herman Miller textile division where he designed a multitude of textiles that all reflected his love of bright colours and patterns. Girard was particularly fond of geometric shapes combined in a mix of strong colours. Girard's furniture fabrics are as topical today as they were when they were created, and many of them are still sold today. Alexander Girard started studying architecture, but his sense of interior design and graphic design made its mark in the furniture, exhibition and interior design world. On his many journeys, Girard collected textiles from all over the world, and he used them as inspiration and ideas. Before he died in 1993, he left his work to Vitra Design Museum's collection together with everything from his office (hundreds of drawings, prototypes and material samples).