I visited Vitra Design Museum twice this past summer because I loved it so much. The main exhibit was on Alexander Girard.
From the exhibit:
Alexander Girard (1907-1993), an American with Italian roots, was one of the twentieth century's leading modern fabric designers and interior architects as well as a passionate collector of folk art.
Girard conceived of design as a means of injecting beauty and pleasure into daily life. For him, designing could even involve creating worlds of his own. He recognized a similar impulse in folk art, based on a universal human heritage of patterns, motifs, and design techniques that transcend the limits of time and place and continue to inspire ever-new individual interpretations and variations.
The interior as stage | Girard thought of interiors in terms of a stage. He reated narrative spaces that employed murals and decorative objects to provide glimpses of other worlds. In doing so, he artfully combined the old and the new as well as objects from a variety of epochs and cultures. The private interiors that he designed--such as the Miller House in Columbus, IN, or his own home in Santa Fe, NM--were envisioned as works in progress in which the "stage set" varied with the seasons and over the course of years to come. His commercial interiors, in contrast, were conceived as worlds of their own for which Girard himself took care of everything--from the overall look down to the smallest of details.