While staying as a house guest, a naked Le Corbusier defiled Gray’s minimalist, color-blocked walls that were only restored in 2015.
By every measure, Eileen Gray ought to be as well-known as her Modernist male contemporaries. An exhibition at Bard’s Graduate Center offers a smart correction to the historical record.
Designer and architect Eileen Gray appears on a new commemorative coin from the Central Bank of Ireland, and civil rights activist Viola Desmond will be on Canada’s new $10 bill.
The Museum of Modern Art explores modern interiors from the 1920s to ’50s and the contributions of women to their architecture and design.
PARIS — Eileen Gray designed furniture that didn’t so much inhabit as space as touch lightly on it. With discreet forms and minimalist waves that contrasted their industrial materials to the waning of Art Nouveau, the Irish designer quietly influenced the modernism that would guide architecture and design beyond the 1920s and 30s. Yet while her contemporaries like Le Corbusier and Marcel Breuer have their names as cemented in modernist history as their sturdy designs, Gray’s legacy has been less studied.