The two-colour pattern of the Girard Wool Blankets were initially created as print motifs for decorative wall panels, fabrics or cushions. In cooperation with the Girard family, Vitra realised the graphic motifs using a Jaquard weaving technique for wool blankets. This has an added effect of making combinations of powerful and opaque tones appear in changing compositions.
Alexander Girard became head of the textiles department at Herman Miller, so that numerous patterns and textile designs appeared by him in the 1950s. Together with George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, Girard was part of a design team that influenced the basics of design, from the United States to the rest of the world.
Based on his architectural career, Girard created some famous textiles collections, embossed with simple geometric shapes, such as stripes, spheres and triangles. Many of the popular and classic designs created by Girard as upholstery and cover fabrics or curtains are still available today and haven’t lost any of their modernity.
- Material: 100% merino lamb wool, made using Jacquard weaving technique.
- Characteristics: Merino lamb wool is a high-quality natural fibre that comes from the first shearing of the merino lamb.
It is very light, fine, soft to the touch and allows optimum thermal balance. - Quality: A lot of technical and manual know-how is required to process high-quality natural fibre. This is why the Vitra blankets are made by a German blanket manufactory with more than 100 years of experience in processing natural fibres. The high-quality realisation of the sketches demands a lot of manual labour.