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Alexander Girard, Architect: Creating Midcentury Modern Masterpieces

$39.99 Hardcover SEE Inside!

Written By:

Deborah Lubera Kawsky, adjunct associate professor at Madonna University

About the Author:

Foreword by iconic midcentury designer Ruth Adler Schnee

Published By:

Wayne State University Press, 5/15/2018

During the midcentury, Michigan attracted visionary architects, designers & theorists, including Alexander Girard. While much has been written about Girard’s vibrantly colored and patterned textiles for Herman Miller, the story of his Detroit period (1937­–53)—his interior and industrial design, exhibition curation, residential architecture—has not yet been told. This is the first comprehensive study of his exceptional architectural projects, concentrated in the ultra-traditional suburb of Grosse Pointe. One exciting element of the book is the rediscovery of another Girard masterpiece—the only surviving house designed entirely by Girard, and former residence to Mr. and Mrs. John McLucas. Stunning color photographs capture the unique design elements—including the boldly colored glazed brick walls of the atrium—reminiscent of Girard’s role as color consultant for the GM Tech Center. Original drawings for the building plan, interior spaces, and custom-designed furniture document the mind of a modernist master at work and are made public for the first time in this beautiful book. Showcases...
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