Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Happy 138th Birthday, Eileen Gray!

From the limited knowledge that we have on the designs of Eileen Gray, a true testament to her spatial genius can be seen in her pieces that have remained classic fixtures in homes and offices across the globe. Some attribute the lack of credit to her innovative designs to many of her pieces being destroyed during World War II. Other theories are that she was simply overshadowed due to her being in a male dominated field of the time. After all, let’s not forget her rivalry with Le Corbusier who could have used a lesson or two in proper houseguest etiquette.

One piece that we can all be thankful was spared from the damage of World War II is the Eileen Gray Day Bed. It was created for Madam Talbot’s Parisian apartment in 1925 and was inspired by Polynesian dugout canoes. Our Eileen Gray Day Bed Reproduction is crafted with a polished stainless steel tubular frame and several choices of top-grain Italian Leather from Grade A hides. Our reproduction is open from all sides for any one who wishes to sit, just as Gray intended.

This week our favorite Irish architect would have been 138 years old so be sure to raise a glass on Saturday and honor her for her fortitude and innovative designs we still cherish today!  You can also check out many of our other reproductions in either our Chicago or Bellingham Showroom!

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