EILEEN GRAY, Villa E.1027 also named Maison en Bord de Mer, Restauration of the modernist architecture icon, Roguebrune Sur-Mer, France, 1923-1926

Eileen Gray

#tbt to a retrospective of the work of the Anglo-Irish designer Eileen Gray, which opened in February 1980, four years after her death. Gray had often been left out of design histories in spite of her extraordinary career, which ranged from experiments in furniture to groundbreaking architecture. One of her greatest achievements in the latter field was E-1027, a late-1920s seaside house on the French Riviera that was, as the press release for the exhibition noted, “one of the first truly radical modern buildings in France.” Nevertheless, as the years passed, Gray’s contribution to the field was marginalized and her legacy minimized within the male-dominated world of architecture and design—something this exhibition sought to challenge. The installation comprised numerous examples of her furniture design, with photographs and drawings providing an overview of her work in architecture. (MoMA’s current exhibition How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior includes numerous examples of Gray’s furnishings.)

See installation views of the original 1980 retrospective, read the out-of-print catalogue, and more.  


Eileen Gray

Jose Alvarez

Biennale des antiquaires de Paris, 2000

Galerie Vallois, Paris 2000, 46 pages,,40 ill en couleurs, Text in French and English

euro 60,00* sold

A catalog showing a selection of pieces by the architect and designer, including screens, tables, mirrors, chairs, lighting fixtures, etc.

This catalog was prepared to accompany the Vallois Galery exhibition at the Biennale des Antiquaires de Paris in the fall of 2000. Text by Jose Alvarez. In this essay Alvarez recounts asking Ms. Cheska Vallois which is her favorite piece in the exhibtion? Without hesitation she anwers ‘Eileen Gray’s Pirogue sofa!’. Then she tells about the second-hand furniture man who brought to her gallery in 1970, and when she went out to the sidewalk to look at it, there it was in perfect condition and the man was asking 2500 francs. It is one among many masterpieces the gallery acquired over the years. All illustrated in color, many with fold-outs. 16 works in the exhibition.

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