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The multi-faceted mid-century designer Alexander Girard is synonymous with Santa Fe, New Mexico. However, many of his most cohesive projects—especially the architecture—were done in Metro Detroit, where he lived from 1937–1953, and in New York City, where he was born and opened his first design studio. Known for his boldly colored and patterned textiles for Herman Miller, Girard’s architectural training was the foundation for every aspect of his career. The residences designed for himself and the Jackson, McLucas, and Rieveschl families (1947–1951) in the traditional Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe, MI, demonstrate Girard’s expansive conception of architecture, integrating site, structure, and interior into a cohesive whole. The same can be said for his 1960 New York City project La Fonda del Sol, an iconic, Latin America-themed restaurant in the then newly-erected Time Life Building. Girard designed everything from structural elements to table settings.

For this month’s DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State Modern Conversation, Deborah Lubera Kawsky, author of  Alexander Girard, Architect: Creating Mi-dcentury Modern Masterpieces, will present Girard’s lost Detroit and New York masterpieces through drawings, blueprints and archival photographs, with particular focus on the McLucas house, the only surviving home designed entirely by Girard, now restored to its mid-century glory with the help of Detroit/Knoll design icon, Ruth Adler Schnee.

Organized by
DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State
Tuesday, 10/30
6:30pm to 8pm
Location
Knoll Showroom, 1330 Avenue of the Americas (at West 54th Street) Second Floor, enter through building lobby.
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