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 Umber 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 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
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 moss green and sand. The small
squares are blue and ivory. The clouds are sand and ivory.
Mikado Umber 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.