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Double Heart 2, blue, Embroidered Pillow

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There's No Place Like Home

Alexander Girard, 1952

The embroidered pillow with the 'Double Heart 2' motif was created by Alexander Girard for the Miller family in 1975 – 20 years after the completion of the Miller House.

Alexander Girard attracted a great deal of attention with his interior design of the legendary Miller House, for which he personally selected each individual object. The centerpiece of the house was a so-called 'conversation pit', a sunken seating area outfitted with decorative pillows made specifically for this setting. The embroidered pillow 'Home Sweet Home' is pleasantly firm and elaborately stitched.

Filling: duck half down.

Cover fabric: Twill, embroidered.

 

Along with his colleagues Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson, Alexander Girard was one of the leading figures in American design during the postwar era. While textile design was the primary focus of Girard's oeuvre, he was also admired for his work in the graphic arts as well as furniture, exhibition, and interior design. Girard brought a sensuous playfulness to twentieth-century design that had been absent from the austere aesthetic of classic modernism.

Girard attracted special attention with his interior design of the legendary Miller House, for which he personally selected each individual object. The centerpiece of the house was a so-called 'conversation pit', a sunken seating area in the living room, with built-in sofas covered in fabrics by Girard and decorated with embroidered pillows made specifically for this setting.

Pleasantly firm and elaborately stitched, the Embroidered Pillows feature attractive motifs that have been chosen by Vitra in cooperation with the Girard family from the vast store of textiles and images created by the designer.

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