Josephin Ritschel, Eileen Gray with her house E.1027, 2014. Via flickr.

Le Corbusier was so facinated by this house, built by Gray, that he started to visit it increasingly. After a while he painted sexual images on the white walls. Eileen Gray was shocked and never came back to her house.

Illustration for upcoming book “The Who, the What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Accomplices of History”, Chronicle Books.


Eileen Gray, Coiffeuse, 1926. Oregon Pine, plywood, cork, aluminum, glass, traces of blue turquoise paint. France. © Les Arts Décoratifs

This vanity cabinet or dressing screen was made for the master bedroom of the house E 1027, designed with and for the architect Jean Badovici. Positioned perpendicular to the wall, it served as a screen separating the night table area from the washbasin.

EILEEN GRAY, Villa E-1027, Côte d’Azur, France 1929 (renovation completed 2015): Non-conformist chair (1926) and a small dressing table Petite Coiffeuse (1926) both by Gray. / Yellow Trace