Alexander Girard’s color story: TV Room/Den
We in the IMA Archives have started to photograph the textile samples in the Miller House and Garden Collection. The samples were organized according to room by Alexander Girard. Most samples have a color-coded card stapled to them and written on each card are an alphanumeric code to indicate where in a room the textile will be used and Girard’s item number.
The samples today are for the Den or TV Sitting room (#4). Item 53 (for 4-C) is a Khari printed mull used for the curtain to divide the Den from the Living Room; it was acquired from Cottage and Small Scale Indus. Sales Depot in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. Item 73 is a hand-woven fabric designed by Jack Lenor Larsen; it was used to upholstery the Den sofa (4-D2). Item 138 is “Uqah” Siamese silk from Thaibok Fabrics. “Uqah” was specified for the Eames armchair and ottoman (4-E2), but the Millers went with calf skin leather.
Textile sample (11.5 x 11.5 in.) of red and heavy gold stripes on mull from Cottage and Small Scale Indus. Sales Depot (91/67), hand-woven textile sample (11.5 x 11.5 in.) of beige upholstery designed by Jack Lenor Larsen (91/68), and textile sample (9 x 9.5 in.) of ”Uqah” Siamese silk (P-120) from Thaibok Fabrics, Ltd. (91/68), Miller House and Garden Collection, IMA Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. (MHG_IVm_B091_f067_002, MHG_IVm_B091_f068_001-002)