Furniture Design

Gray, Eileen (1878 - 1976)

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.'

Tags / Eileen Gray - Modernist - Art Deco - Lacquer - 1920s - Irish Designer - Luxury
Architect's cabinet, ca 1925
Architect's cabinet, ca 1925
Bibendum, 1925
Bibendum, 1925
Bilboquet table, ca 1915
Bilboquet table, ca 1915
Bonaparte, 1935
Bonaparte, 1935
Brick Screen, 1922/ 1925
Brick Screen, 1922/ 1925
Chair, 1938
Chair, 1938
Day bed, 1925
Day bed, 1925
Design for carpet, ca 1922
Design for carpet, ca 1922
Design, ca 1965/ 1970
Design, ca 1965/ 1970
Berenice Abott, Eileen Gray, Paris, 1926
Berenice Abott, Eileen Gray, Paris, 1926
Eileen Gray photographed in 1970 in her Rue Bonaparte apartment by architecte Alan Irvine
Eileen Gray photographed in 1970 in her Rue Bonaparte apartment by architecte Alan Irvine
Snake Armchair, ca 1920/ 1922
Snake Armchair, ca 1920/ 1922
Floor lamp, ca 1920
Floor lamp, ca 1920
Jean Table
Jean Table
Lotus table, ca 1915
Lotus table, ca 1915
Mme Mathieu Lévy, photographed by Baron de Meyer in her Rue de Lota apartment, ca 1922. She is shown lying in the Pirogue daybed wich Eileen Gray conceived for this interior
Mme Mathieu Lévy, photographed by Baron de Meyer in her Rue de Lota apartment, ca 1922. She is shown lying in the Pirogue daybed wich Eileen Gray conceived for this interior
Monte Carlo Sofa, 1926-1929
Monte Carlo Sofa, 1926-1929
Non Conformist Chair, 1926
Non Conformist Chair, 1926
Pirogue Chaise Longue , 1919-1920
Pirogue Chaise Longue , 1919-1920
Rug design, ca 1925
Rug design, ca 1925
Rug design, ca 1930
Rug design, ca 1930
Rug Design, ca 1920
Rug Design, ca 1920
Screen, ca 1928
Screen, ca 1928
De Stijl table, 1922
De Stijl table, 1922
E 1027 table, 1927
E 1027 table, 1927
Transat chair, 1925/ 1930
Transat chair, 1925/ 1930
Tube Lamp, ca 1930
Tube Lamp, ca 1930
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