Alexander Girard, born in New York City in 1907, is, along with George Nelson and Charles & Ray Eames , with whom he was on close friendly terms, one of the defining figures of post-war American design. A focus of his diverse work was textile design: Girard designed a variety of textiles for the Herman Miller Company. He favored abstract, geometric shapes, which he designed in many color constellations. Some of Alexander Girard's upholstery fabrics have lost none of their relevance to this day and are still manufactured and used by Vitra.