Eileen Gray


As we sit down to family dining tables this week I thought it appropriate to reference a designer who happens to be not only known for her iconic table, but also is a woman who was highly regarded as one of the first successful women in Modernism.

Kathleen Eileen Moray Gray was born in 1878 in Ireland, grew up in London but spent most of her life in fashionable Paris. Trained as an architect, Gray practiced Modernism based on her early artistic training in Di Stijl and the beauty of the geometric form.  She celebrated non-conformist materials, asymmetry and minimalism.

In France she was a leader in the Art Deco movement with her lacquering techniques of different types of furniture.  Her E1027 chrome and glass table was designed in the 1920’s during her leadership and commitment to the Modernism movement.  Although mostly known as an icon in modern furniture, Gray has a formidable portfolio as a talented architect as well.

During a time period in design history, when male domination was so prevalent, it is a great time to give thanks for a woman designer who became a worthy contributing icon to Modernism.





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