More 0 Eileen Gray entered the architectural mainframe late in life. She was 48 when she began working on E, her first building.
The compact white elongated vacation residence cryptically called E. TO this day, it draws the views of passers-by along the Moyenne Corniche, the narrow and winding coastal road along the Mediterranean Sea.
THe Anglo-Irish designer Eileen Gray bought the site, paid for the construction and, as her first foray into architecture, designed it with assistance of her close friend at the time, Jean Badovici, to whom Gray gave the site, building and contents.
On close inspection, E. GRay's loose and fitted pieces of furniture were intended to engage the occupants of E. SEmi-circular wardrobes, rotating reading tables and rounded corners indicated movement patterns.
GRay designed these as closely as she integrated the passage of the sun and the ventilating effect of drafts through her ingenious screens and carefully composed spatial sequences. As a daughter of a wealthy Anglo-Irish family, Eileen Gray studied fine art at the Slade in London, became a master lacquer artist, opened a shop for furniture and furnishings in Paris and sold pieces to the wealthy and discerning.
TOgether with Badovici, editor of the avant-garde journal L'Architecture Vivante, Gray absorbed the developments of early twentieth century modern architecture.
THe two traveled the world, visiting exhibitions and contemporary examples of architecture. GRay's fundamental critique of these led Badovici to challenge Gray to demonstrate her own ideas in a building; it was to be E. Eileen Gray designed the site and its landscape, the building, the spatial arrangement, the different windows some in collaboration with Jean Badovici and doors together with their hardware, the fitted and many items of loose furniture, the lamps, the textiles, the color scheme, while also being involved in transporting building materials and supervising construction.
WHile of the some elements that Eileen Gray designed specifically for E.This exhibition is a retrospective of the work of Eileen Gray, an important and influencial twentieth century designer and architect. about an artist’s life, their history and their life events.
A vitrine is a glass or perspex display case for the presentation of art. Eileen Gray was born in Wexford in She studied at the Slade School of Art in London and the Académie Julian in Paris where she lived for most of her life.
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THe Anglo-Irish designer Eileen Gray () bought the site, paid for the construction and, as her first foray into architecture, designed it with assistance of her close friend at the time, Jean Badovici, to whom Gray gave the site, building and contents.
Eileen Gray was born into an aristocratic Irish family. Aged 20, she enrolled at the Slade School of Art in London. Gray moved to Paris in , where she was to spend most of her life. In Paris, she studied to become the first western practitioner of Japanese lacquer.
Initially, she was known for her work in the Art Deco style but by the mid s, under . It’s fair to say Eileen Gray’s E French villa hasn’t lived a charmed life: It has survived desecration by Le Corbusier, target practice by the Nazis, a stint as drug den and orgy destination, and near dereliction.
However, of late, the infamous house’s future is looking more optimistic.