“To create, one must first question everything” Eileen Gray
Not long ago we had the privilege of staying at a private residence in the South of France in a little medieval town called Roquebrune. This gorgeous property has exquisite private gardens which overlook Monaco and the Mediterranean Sea, and, boasts past visitors like Princess Grace and Audrey Hepburn. A visit to the beach below is where we came across what we knew in our bones to be a significant architectural modern home.
You’ll be more familiar with the table that was created to go into the house. You know the one: circular glass top with a chrome frame. It’s quite an accomplishment that this iconic design is hugely popular a century later. Eileen Gray created the design for this table in the 1920’s for the very home we saw perched above the Mediterranean Sea. Known as E-1027, she designed the home for herself to live in. The house still stands today. It is currently owned by a national preservation association and is available for guided tours.
Eileen Gray’s modernist E-1027 villa revealed in photographs by Manuel Bougot
Eileen Gray designed a series of furniture prototypes for the house, among them the small side table which became Gray’s most famous furniture design. She is said to have designed this table for her sister Thora to allow her to have breakfast in bed when visiting.
Eileen Gray retrospective in New York features work “never shown before”
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