“Gray Matters,“ is a documentary about the 20th-century female architect, artist, and designer. The full-length film explores the life and career of Gray, whose historical significance within the architecture world had been largely overlooked until recent years.

The architect and designer is most well-known for her curvilinear, yet highly functional, furniture. She was also the first to create a concrete villa, Villa E1027, in the French Riviera (below). However, her prolific contributions went unnoticed in her time and ours, her legacy a victim of the architecture gender gap.”

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