Eileen Gray was an Irish architect and furniture designer. Born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland in 1878, she died in Paris in 1976. During her carreer she was influenced professionally by Philip Wilson Steer, Henry tonks, and Frederick Brown. Personally she was linked to Romaine Brooks, Loie Fuller, Marie-Louise Damen, and Natalie Barney. Her most famous residential structure is E-1027. Furniture wise the E-1027 table designed in 1927, remains a very popular table almost 100 years later. Her Dragon chair was sold in auction at the Yves Saint-Laurent estate sale. I love chairs but it’s hard for me to understand how a chair can be sold for so much. My thought is as is for all high end pieces if someone paid that for it it must have merit, merit that we may not understand.
Le Corbusier, an architect I normally respect was a houseguest of Jean Badovici (a coleague of Gray) he took it upon himself to paint murals on the walls. Much to Gray’s displeasure!