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EILEEN GRAY
Penelope Rowlands

Chronicle Books, 2002
Hardcover
96 pages
Colour and b+w.
ISBN: 9780811832694

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This book celebrates the life and varied work of early modernist, Eileen Gray, whose designs remain as fresh and bold as when she first conceived them. Gray's love of design was sparked in 1905 when the young artist stumbled upon a lacquer repair shop in London's Soho. She soon became a master of this ancient and demanding craft. In Paris, the beau monde came to her shop, Jean Desert, to buy her luxurious lacquer screens and furnishings and De Stijl-inspired rug designs. Wanting to break new design ground, she took on architecture at age forty-six, creating over the next few years two revolutionary houses, E. 1027 and Tempe A Pailla, which were furnished with her now iconic, then startlingly new, tubular metal furnishings. Progressive in her outlook, with an alchemical flair for materials, Eileen Gray holds an honoured place in the pantheon of the great modernist designers. For design professionals and aficionados alike, this book is an excellent introduction to Gray's influential work."

 

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