Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray

While her contemporaries Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe are more habitually listed among the opening credits of Modernism, Eileen Gray deservedly ranks among them. Born in Ireland, Gray experimented with lacquer furniture early on, but ultimately, like Frank Lloyd Wright, found a passion for crafting custom residence furniture. In fact, it was a Paris apartment commission that led her to create her tubular-shaped Bibendum chair, while her own self-built E.1027 house in Côte d’Azur resulted in now-iconic Eileen Gray pieces like the E.1027 table.