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Sample, Manhattan, 1958

This is a Sample. It was designed by Alexander Hayden Girard and produced by Herman Miller Textiles. It is dated 1958 and we acquired it in 1969. Its medium is 40% cotton, 15% rayon, 45% mohair and its technique is screen printed with discharged on plain weave. It is a part of the Textiles department.

Alexander Girard produced over three hundred textile designs during his almost thirty-year tenure at Herman Miller, an important American furniture company and promoter of modern design. That Girard was trained as an architect should come as no surprise - like many architects of his generation, he had experienced firsthand the challenge of finding textiles appropriate for a modern interior.

As director of Herman Miller’s Textile Division, Gerard sought to create a fabric collection that would conform to his architectural training, combining pure forms like circles, triangles, and squares in appealing configurations. This piece is composed of white rectangles arranged in grid-like patterns against a black ground, suggesting a nighttime view of the Manhattan skyline. The Museum also houses the design for this textile (1969-165-268), produced as a blueprint like those used by architects and engineers.

This object was donated by Alexander Hayden Girard. It is credited Gift of Alexander H. Girard.

Its dimensions are

H x W: 60 × 60 cm (23 5/8 × 23 5/8 in.)

It has the following markings

Herman Miller Fabrics paper label attached to lower right corner.

Cite this object as

Sample, Manhattan, 1958; Designed by Alexander Hayden Girard (American, 1907–1993); 40% cotton, 15% rayon, 45% mohair; H x W: 60 × 60 cm (23 5/8 × 23 5/8 in.); Gift of Alexander H. Girard; 1969-165-165

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