Eileen Gray: Architect/Designer

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Eileen Gray (1878-1976) was one of the most innovative architect/designers of the 20th century. Her poineering tables, mirrors, lamps, and lacquer screens have become modern classics, coveted by museums and collectors, and some of the designs are still reproduced today. First published in 1987 and hailed as a "splendid book, gripping and unpretentious" [Arts Review], this "informative and affectionate" portrait [New York Times] by documentary filmmaker and author Peter Adam, a long-standing friend, is the first ...

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Overview

Eileen Gray (1878-1976) was one of the most innovative architect/designers of the 20th century. Her poineering tables, mirrors, lamps, and lacquer screens have become modern classics, coveted by museums and collectors, and some of the designs are still reproduced today. First published in 1987 and hailed as a "splendid book, gripping and unpretentious" [Arts Review], this "informative and affectionate" portrait [New York Times] by documentary filmmaker and author Peter Adam, a long-standing friend, is the first full-scale biography of this remarkable woman.

Adam draws upon his exclusive access to Gray's personal archives as he recreates her life and architectural projects. Two houses she designed in the South of France are now considered architectural landmarks of the 20th century. In addition to more than 300 photographs, designs, and architectural plans, the new edition of the book provides a revised catalogue raisonné of Gray's furniture, architecture, and drawings—an indispensable reference source for collectors and students of one of the leaders of 20th-century design.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780810941434
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/1900
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Revised Edition 5
Introduction 7
Early Youth 11
Student Years 21
To Paris 25
Life as a Professional 47
The Lacquer Cult 73
The Great War 89
Entering the Twenties: Rue de Lota 93
Keeping a Shop: Jean Desert 119
Monte Carlo and Beyond 133
Jean Badovici 149
Turning Point 163
Toward an Architecture 171
E. 1027 191
Life as an Architect 239
A House for Herself: Tempe a Pailla 259
Building for Others 291
The Second World War 315
Starting Anew 325
The Last House: Lou Perou 349
Recognition at Last 369
Epilogue 377
Exhibitions 379
Catalogue Raisonne of Furniture 380
Catalogue Raisonne of Architectural Projects and Drawings 392
Bibliography 369
Index 401
Photograph Credits 407
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