The Irish designer and architect was neglected for most of her career before gaining international recognition after her death. She firstly conceived luxurious lacquered Art Deco pieces before turning herself towards the modernist aesthetics of the International Style. Inspired indeed by Gerrit Rietveld and Marcel Breuer, she decided to give up 'Art Deco's monstrosities' and her style therefore became a combination of opulence and geometric industrial forms. Eileen Gray who developed an avant-garde reflection on social housing, in the 1930s, questioned and renewed her work until her death, claiming: 'I like doing things, I hate possessing them. Memories cling to things and objects, so it is best to start all over again.'