One serendipitous moment while working on the Girard collection was walking through the Alexander Girard archive at Vitra and seeing a box labeled “Columbus, Indiana”. Columbus is a small town in Indiana with a rich collection of modern architecture thanks to the J. Irwin Miller’s Cummins Foundation. It also happens to be my hometown.
I knew of Girard’s connection to Columbus through his work for the Irwin Miller house, but this box had the design for a repainting of Main Street that didn’t make it out of the proposal stage. We couldn’t find a way to use it, but we did also find the above sketches for a unrealized carpet in the Miller House. That design became the foundation for the Girard puzzle.
Posted by Ben Kiel on February 11, 2009