To the cyclist, notably the tiring one, landscape melts into simple pattern, texture, and shape. Fitting, then, that Rapha has again partnered with Herman Miller on a limited line of caps that celebrate the distinct regions and riding of South Australia via the textiles of Mid-Century icon Alexander Girard.
From the grid layout of Adelaide’s wide boulevards and public squares to the arid plains of the Flinders Ranges that sketch the harsh, empty beauty of the Outback, riding through South Australia offers a sweep of landscape and color. Rapha focused on five regions in South Australia that are both significant in the region and indicative of the whole of the country, and paired those with textiles from Herman Miller and Girard to cast graphic interpretations of Adelaide, Barossa Valley, the Limestone Coast, Kangaroo Island, and the Flinders Ranges.
Amy Auscherman, Herman Miller’s corporate archivist, mined the company’s archives to come up with samples that matched the colors or concepts Rapha’s designers wanted to work with for each region: the dry grey of the Limestone Coast, the redness of the sky across the dessert of the Flinders Ranges, the rolling green hills and order of the vineyards of Barossa Valley. “Girard was prolific. He designed more than 300 textiles in a multitude of colorways — I had a lot to choose from,” Auscherman said.