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Eileen Gray
(1878 – 1976)


Born on 20 August 1878 in Ireland, the designer Eileen Gray was one of the five children of a rich Irish family. Between 1898 and 1902 Eileen Gray attended the Slade School of Fine Art in London and also worked at a furniture-making, which would start her on her life's work. In 1907 Eileen Gray moved to Paris to 21 rue Bonaparte, a flat she would live in for the rest of her life. In the 1920s, Eileen Gray came into contact with the Dutch avant-garde group De Stijl and their abstract geometric works. At the same time, she was made acquainted with contemporary modern architecture through the French architect Jean Badovici. Eileen Gray's own work was strongly influenced by contemporary architecture and she began to design stringently functional furniture. From 1926 to 1929 Eileen Gray and Badovici designed their own house in Roquebrune: E-1027. For that house, Eileen Gray designed some very modern furniture, including the celebrated "E-1027" side table with a circular glass top and tubular steel frame. In 1930/31 Eileen Gray designed the furniture for Jean Badovici's flat. In 1934 their house, "Tempe e Pailla", was built in Castellar. In 1937 Eileen Gray exhibited her work in Le Corbusier's "Pavillon des Temps Nouveau". After that no more was heard about Eileen Gray; her work was not discovered until around 1970.

 

All items are Eileen Gray inspired designs.



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