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About Eileen Gray

     Kathleen Eileen Moray Gray (August 9, 1878 – October 31, 1976) was an Irish furniture designer and architect and a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture. She was born on 20 August 1878, in a aristocratic family near Enniscorthy, a small market town in south eastern Ireland. Eileen Gray's father, James, was a painter who encouraged his daughter's artistic interests. She spent most of her childhood living in family homes either in Ireland or in London. After her father's death, Eileen Gray moved to Paris and continued her studies at the Académie Julian and the Académie Colarossi

     Persuaded by Jean Badovici, Romanian architect and writer, Gray turned her interests to architecture. In 1924 Gray and Badovici began work on the house E-1027 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in southern France (near Monaco). The codename stands for the names of them: E for Eileen, 10 for Jean (the tenth letter of the alphabet), 2 for Badovici and 7 for Gray. She designed the furniture as well as collaborating with Badovici on its structure. Her circular glass E-1027 table and rotund Bibendum armchair were inspired by the recent tubular steel experiments of Marcel Breuer at the Bauhaus.

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