“Art is only art when it is synonymous with living,” said Alexander Girard, who is widely recognized for his work in textiles and furniture. The designer was true to his words when he created the Girard Coffee Table (1948) for Knoll®. The art of this coffee table is its book-matched walnut veneer tabletop, organic shape and smooth 45-degree beveled edge. The “living” part is in how the table can be positioned with either the straight or asymmetrical side toward the seating area, providing a large surface area in a relatively narrow footprint. Girard’s work has been the subject of many museum exhibitions, including a 2004 retrospective at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Manufactured by Knoll according to the original and exacting specifications of the designer.
"Art is only art when it is synonymous with living."
There are two certitudes commonly assigned to mid-century designer Alexander Girard: He was the least well-known of the great designers at Herman Miller in the 1950s and 1960s, and he was the greatest colorist and textile designer of modern time. Although seemingly contradictory, both statements are accurate and are a reflection of Girard and the time period in which he worked. During his career, Girard energized the furniture designs of his Herman Miller colleagues with a new, vibrant color palette and an oeuvre of folk-inspired textiles. He was the first modern designer to define textiles as being more than just functional and to further emphasize form through the application of color and pattern. Read more >