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Noted designer’s career in spotlight

The career of a world-renowned interior designer with special ties to Columbus will be examined during an upcoming lecture series.

Alexander Girard’s 21-year career with furniture designer and maker Herman Miller will be the focus of the annual Why Design Matters lecture at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the 544-seat Toby Theater at Newfields, 4000 Michigan Road in Indianapolis.

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Newfields encompasses the Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Garden, Lilly House, and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.

Miller’s global brand director Sam Grawe and corporate archivist Amy Auscherman will handle the presentation, “The Legacy of Alexander Girard.”

Girard is best-known in Columbus for his interior design in the Miller House and in former Cummins Inc. leader J. Irwin Miller’s office at 301 Washington St.

Their presentation will be followed by a conversation with grandchildren Aleishall Girard-Maxon and Kori Girard, who preserve Girard’s legacy through Girard Studio.

A reception with cash bar follows the lecture.

Tickets are $18 for adults, and $10 for youth ages 6 to 17. Children 5 and younger and Newfields members are admitted free.


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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.