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Multiform by Alexander Girard for Herman Miller

We offer a Monday pick-me-up in sharing a sample of the Alexander Girard-designed textile for Herman Miller, “Multiform.”  Girard used the textile for curtains in the Miller House playroom, which eventually turned into Xenia Miller’s office. Photographer Leslie Williamson captured the textile in situ for a 2011 feature on Miller House in Dwell.

Textile sample (11.5 x 11.5 in.) of Herman Miller “Multiform” (#648) designed by Alexander Girard. Multiform pattern printed on Herman Miller Fortisan (#167) designed by Alexander Girard. Green cardstock is stapled to upper left corner of sample. Note on cardstock identifies sample as Item No. 61 for space 31-A1 (Playroom), 65/91, Miller House and Garden CollectionIMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVl_B091_f065_001)

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Rare perspective: a sewing table by Eero Saarinen
The laundry area is featured on tours of the Miller House and Garden, but the perspective shown on the right of this drawing is not. The view on the left, with the addition of a Lena Larssen rocking chair  in front of the window and Tunsi Girard’s painted wood creation “Acrobatic Figures" hanging on the wall over the washer and dryer on the left, is what visitors see when they peek into this area off the kitchen. This drawing from Eero Saarinen and Associates reveals that  a sewing table is built into the wall on the right and conveniently folded out when it was needed. 
Blueline (21 x 31 3/4 in.) of SK-6, Laundry Equipment Layout by Eero Saarinen and Associates. Sheet 2 has two perspective drawings titled “Sewing Table in Closed  Position” and “Sewing Table in Open Position,” 29 April 1956, FF051, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IIIa_FF051_013)

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

Rare perspective: a sewing table by Eero Saarinen

The laundry area is featured on tours of the Miller House and Garden, but the perspective shown on the right of this drawing is not. The view on the left, with the addition of a Lena Larssen rocking chair  in front of the window and Tunsi Girard’s painted wood creation “Acrobatic Figures" hanging on the wall over the washer and dryer on the left, is what visitors see when they peek into this area off the kitchen. This drawing from Eero Saarinen and Associates reveals that  a sewing table is built into the wall on the right and conveniently folded out when it was needed. 

Blueline (21 x 31 3/4 in.) of SK-6, Laundry Equipment Layout by Eero Saarinen and Associates. Sheet 2 has two perspective drawings titled “Sewing Table in Closed  Position” and “Sewing Table in Open Position,” 29 April 1956, FF051, Miller House and Garden CollectionIMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IIIa_FF051_013)

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And we’re back…with more conversation pit textiles!

This paper board was included with the conversation pit pillow fabric samples and gives a glimpse into Alexander Girard’s organizational methods for projects at Miller House. The notes are in Girard’s hand and identify space 6: the Miller House living room, and items C5: the winter conversation pit textiles. Some of the item numbers assigned to fabric samples by Girard are included on the paper board and another example is stapled to the upper left hand corner of the above royal sarong purple fabric sample.

Paper board (12 x 12 in.) with handwritten notes by AHG and Indonesian Ikat textile sample stapled to lower right corner of paper board. Textile sample (11.5 x 11.5 in.) of royal sarong purple and gold from Far Eastern Fabrics. 94/99, Miller House and Garden CollectionIMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVi_B094_f099_010, MHG_IVi_B094_f099_004)

design-is-fine:

Alexander Girard, rug design, 1972. Indianapolis Museum of Art.

design-is-fine:

Alexander Girard, rug design, 1972. Indianapolis Museum of Art.

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

The Twelve Days of Christmas (MHGC Style)
11 opaline dishes
10 Mexican angels
9 terry bath mats
8 lassi goblets
7 Foam cushions
6 straw angels
5 ash trays
4 Hindu stool legs
3 Cretan pillows
2 sweetmeat dishes
A warrior on horseback
Alexander H. Girard to J. Irwin Miller, 31 March 1961, 34/391, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B034_f391_022)

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

The Twelve Days of Christmas (MHGC Style)

11 opaline dishes

10 Mexican angels

9 terry bath mats

8 lassi goblets

7 Foam cushions

6 straw angels

5 ash trays

4 Hindu stool legs

3 Cretan pillows

2 sweetmeat dishes

A warrior on horseback

Alexander H. Girard to J. Irwin Miller, 31 March 1961, 34/391, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B034_f391_022)

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

The Twelve Days of Christmas (MHGC Style)
9 terry bath mats
8 lassi goblets
7 foam cushions
6 straw angels
5 ash trays
4 Hindu stool legs
3 Cretan pillows
2 sweetmeat dishes
A warrior on horseback
Alexander H. Girard to J. Irwin Miller, 6 February 1957, 33/387, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B033_f387_003)

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

The Twelve Days of Christmas (MHGC Style)

9 terry bath mats

8 lassi goblets

7 foam cushions

6 straw angels

5 ash trays

4 Hindu stool legs

3 Cretan pillows

2 sweetmeat dishes

A warrior on horseback

Alexander H. Girard to J. Irwin Miller, 6 February 1957, 33/387, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B033_f387_003)

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

The Twelve Days of Christmas (MHGC Style)
9 terry bath mats
8 lassi goblets
7 foam cushions
6 straw angels
5 ash trays
4 Hindu stool legs
3 Cretan pillows
2 sweetmeat dishes
A warrior on horseback
Alexander H. Girard to J. Irwin Miller, 6 February 1957, 33/387, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B033_f387_003)

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

The Twelve Days of Christmas (MHGC Style)

9 terry bath mats

8 lassi goblets

7 foam cushions

6 straw angels

5 ash trays

4 Hindu stool legs

3 Cretan pillows

2 sweetmeat dishes

A warrior on horseback

Alexander H. Girard to J. Irwin Miller, 6 February 1957, 33/387, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B033_f387_003)

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

The Twelve Days of Christmas (MHGC Style)
10 Mexican angels
9 terry bath mats
8 lassi goblets
7 foam cushions
6 straw angels
5 ash trays
4 Hindu stool legs
3 Cretan pillows
2 sweetmeat dishes
A warrior on horseback
Alexander H. Girard to J. Irwin Miller, 30 October 1959, 34/390, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B034_f390_068)

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

The Twelve Days of Christmas (MHGC Style)

10 Mexican angels

9 terry bath mats

8 lassi goblets

7 foam cushions

6 straw angels

5 ash trays

4 Hindu stool legs

3 Cretan pillows

2 sweetmeat dishes

A warrior on horseback

Alexander H. Girard to J. Irwin Miller, 30 October 1959, 34/390, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B034_f390_068)

vignellicenter:

Dallas Museum of Art architectural graphics presentation boards by Massimo and Lella Vignelli1983Board with ink and affixed mixed media19.75” x 19.75”Box 357, Massimo and Lella Vignelli papersVignelli Center for Design Studies Rochester, New York

vignellicenter:

Dallas Museum of Art architectural graphics presentation boards by Massimo and Lella Vignelli
1983
Board with ink and affixed mixed media
19.75” x 19.75”
Box 357, Massimo and Lella Vignelli papers
Vignelli Center for Design Studies 
Rochester, New York

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

The Twelve Days of Christmas (MHGC Style) 
7 foam cushions
6 straw angels
5 ash trays
4 Hindu stool legs
3 Cretan pillows
2 sweetmeat dishes
A warrior on horseback
Alexander H. Girard to J. Irwin Miller, 8 June 1956, 33/385, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B033_f385_023)

digitizingmillerhouseandgarden:

The Twelve Days of Christmas (MHGC Style) 

7 foam cushions

6 straw angels

5 ash trays

4 Hindu stool legs

3 Cretan pillows

2 sweetmeat dishes

A warrior on horseback

Alexander H. Girard to J. Irwin Miller, 8 June 1956, 33/385, Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ic_B033_f385_023)

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