alexander girard table

alexander girard table

Design Alexander Girard, 1941
Wood top, metal legs
Made in USA by Knoll

The Girard table's asymmetric shape reflects the mid-century aesthetic of clean lines, organic shapes and Girard's view that, "Art is only art when it is synonymous with living." Available in various veneer options, the Girard table is a modern classic that will easily fit into any residential or contract application.

Alexander Girard was educated in Europe as an architect. Returning to the United States in 1932, his designs defined a new kind of "opulent modernism," a look that became synonymous with 1960s America. His pioneering work in fabric design as well as his innovative commercial and residential interiors, captivated the public with their theatricality. Girard described himself as "a reasonable and sane functionalist, tempered by irrational frivolity."

Table top has a .75" baltic birch core with a 45 degree beveled edge available in your choice of veneer options. Black powder coat, steel tube legs.

59" w | 26" d | 16" h

$991.00 + plus shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for this special table to be created and shipped to your location)

Alexander Girard

Alexander Girard (1907 – 1993) affectionately known as Sandro, was an architect and a textile designer born in New York City and raised in Florence, Italy. A graduate of the Royal School of Architecture in Rome, Girard refined his skills in both Florence and New York. Girard is widely known for his contributions in the field of American textile design, particularly through his work for Herman Miller (1952 to 1975), where he headed the fabric and textile division and created fabrics for the designs of George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames. He also developed a highly sought-after furniture collection for Herman Miller in 1967, building on his designs for Braniff Airlines' lounge and office furniture.
Hans Knoll, the son of a pioneer German furniture manufacturer, founded the Knoll company in New York City in 1938, one year after immigrating from Germany. He hired Florence Schust, a Cranbrook graduate who had worked for Gropius and Breuer, and the two were married in 1946. The next year, they opened a textiles division and showroom that was flanked with some of the worlds leading designers. Knoll would triumph thanks to impressive international contacts, gaining exclusive rights to the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and producing them to their original specifications. This included the 1929 Barcelona Chair. They also commissioned Eero Saarinen to design the now iconic Tulip chair, and hold the rights to Marcel Breuer’s seminal Wassily Chair. Artists such as Harry Bertoia, Jens Risom, and Isamu Noguchi would also collaborate with Knoll.
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