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Using a holistic approach to design, Maharam creates innovative textiles through the exploration of pattern, material, and technique. A fourth-generation family business founded in 1902, Maharam has evolved into a leading provider of design-driven textiles for commercial and residential interiors. The brand is recognized for its rigorous and holistic commitment to design and embraces a diverse range of disciplines, from product, graphic, and digital design to art and architecture. Maharam frequently collaborates with industry designers and visionaries, including Charles and Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, Alexander Girard, and more recently, Paul Smith. Maharam's textiles are included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Stedelijk Museum, among others.
Born in New York City and raised in Florence, Italy, Girard was educated in Europe as an architect. Returning to the United States in 1932, his designs defined a new kind of "opulent modernism," a look that became synonymous with 1960's America. His pioneering work in fabric design as well as his innovative commercial and residential interiors, captivated the public with their theatricality. Girard described himself as "a reasonable and sane functionalist, tempered by irrational frivolity."View other products by Alexander Girard