The legendary designs of Alexander Girard demonstrated that
textile design can be inspiring as well as functional. The designs of Alexander
Girard are quintessential examples of the Mid-Century style of textile design.
Mikado Ultramarine is one of the many inspired designs
executed by Alexander Girard during his tenure (1952-1973) as founding director
of the Herman Miller Textile Division. Mikado often brings to mind the comic
operetta set in Japan by Gilbert and Sullivan. Mikado was also a term
once used in reference to the Emperor of Japan. As can be seen, Mikado is often
associated with exotic things.
This designer fabric from Alexander Girard is certainly an
exotic-looking textile. The design consists of small squares within cloud-like
shapes within large squares. The small squares measure 5/8" x 5/8", the
cloud-like shapes measure 4" x 3 5/8", and the large squares measure 4 5/8" x 4
3/8". The large squares alternate colors between ultramarine and turquoise. The
small squares are forest green and ivory. The clouds are turquoise and ivory.
Mikado Ultramarine by Alexander Girard is durable as well as
versatile. It can be used to upholster seat cushions with or to make such items
as slipcovers, table covers, pillows and draperies.
This product is made by Maharam.