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No Detail Too Small

Here is a document to revive our series highlighting the quirky bits of minutiae that populate this vast collection. Taped to this black piece of construction paper in the top image are tags from the Alexander Girard-designed Herman Miller “Linnet” textile (bottom image). This textile was used for glass curtains in the kitchen, laundry room and bedrooms at the Miller House. The note card looks a bit like a piece of assemblage art, with samples of the master bathroom curtains and yarn from the master bathroom rug held in place with tape. One of the annotations that can be seen on the card is in Girard’s hand, signed with his initials, AHG. This construction paper page was included in a binder full of material samples that served as a reference source for remodeling and other upkeep at the the Miller House.

Red yarn, carpet sample for master bathroom (13/86) and sample of Herman Miller “Linnet” (#680) by Alexander Girard (17/86), Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVa_B086_f013_007, MHG_IVa_B086_f017_001)

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Maid’s room textile combination by Alexander Girard

Even the maid’s room at the Miller House was treated to Alexander Girard’s color-scheming genius. His textile design “Hexagon” for Herman Miller was printed in a custom color combination and used as curtains in the room. The bottom textiles were used for the bedspread. The textile on the bottom left, “Hennesex” by Greeff Fabrics, served as the bedspread cover, while the green & black Indian madras from Far Eastern Fabrics was used for the bedspread lining.

Textile samples (11.5 x 11.5 in.) of turquoise “Hennessex” (#121002) from Greeff Fabrics; green and black Indian madras from Far Eastern Fabrics, Inc.; Herman Miller “Hexagon” designed by Alexander Girard, in special colors. Hexagon pattern in blue and green is printed on Herman Miller Fortisan (#167) designed by Alexander Girard. 59/91, 60/91, Miller House and Garden CollectionIMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVj_B091_f059_001-002, MHG_IVj_B091_f060_001)

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Hasta la vista in New York…

While the correspondence in this collection is crucial to understanding the design processes of Alexander Girard, Eero Saarinen and the Millers, it also provides a glimpse into the personal relationships these kingpins of modern architecture and design, and their patrons, had with one another. In this letter, “Sandro” details an upcoming furniture shopping trip that he and Mr. Miller took in New York. Big names like Herman Miller, Knoll, and Laverne all made the list of places to stop. We especially love the way Girard ends this letter to Mr. Miller.

Alexander Girard to J. Irwin Miller, 9 September 1954, 1/2 Miller House and Garden CollectionIMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_Ia_B001_f002_075-076)

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Master Planting Plan by Dan Kiley

This blue line drawing is of the Miller House & Garden master planting plan by Dan Kiley. The photo from the Indianapolis Museum of Art shows one of the garden’s most noted features: the Honey Locust allée (Allée is French for, “a walkway lined with trees or tall shurbs.”) on the west side of the house. You can see the allée illustrated as a line of dots and overlapping circles, indicating where trees were to be planted, on the left side of the drawing.

Revised blueline (29 5/8 x 30 3/8 in.) of Miller House Landscape Master Planting plan by the Office of Dan Kiley, 26 November 1957,  FF56, Miller House and Garden CollectionIMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IIIb_FF056_005)

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Cutout by Alexander Girard for Herman Miller

The Alexander Girard-designed textile for Herman Miller, “Cutout” was used for curtains in the Miller House master bedroom and study area. Photographer Leslie Williamson also managed to capture this one in situ for a 2011 feature on Miller House in Dwell.

Textile sample (11.5 x 11.5 in.) of Herman Miller “Cutout” (#638) designed by Alexander Girard. Cutout pattern in grey, purple, orange, and gold is printed on poplin. Pink cardstock is stapled to upper left corner of sample. Note on cardstock identifies sample as Item No. 61 for spaces 21-B1 (Master Bedroom) and 22-B2 (Study). 63/91, Miller House and Garden CollectionIMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVk_B091_f063_001)

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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)

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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 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)

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

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

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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)

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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)

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