Alexander Girard (May 24, 1907-January 31, 1993) was a fabric designer, interior designer, furniture and industrial designer, architect, and all around great artist. He was head of the Herman Miller fabric and textile division (1952-1975) and worked with Charles and Ray Eames, two other design greats (and all some of my design heroes).
One of the most obvious talents of Girard's is his use of color. He does work in neutrals, too, but it is his bright color combos that draw my eye and feel so alive. His designs are organized and clean, yet still with a playfulness and artistic, handmade quality. I use a shower curtain and bed spread in Girard patterns, and through the years the designs always remain fresh and modern.
For this week's Pattern Play, I'm going to use Girard's designs as an inspiration for color and sense of simple playfulness. I'll have my pattern up on the blog by Friday, with another free wallpaper desktop download for you to use!