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Eileen Gray
Bibendum Chair
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Day bed
Eileen Gray

born in 1878 Enniscorthy, Ireland
died in 1976 Paris, France

. in 1898, attended classes at the Slade School of Fine Art and studied painting.
. in 1900, went to Paris for the first time to see Exposition Universelle, a world's fair that exhibited mainly Art Nouveau style, and could see the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh that she was a fan of.
. after her trip to Paris, moved to Paris to continue studying at the Academie Julian and Academie Colarossi and moved back and forth from Paris to Ireland to London for the following four years.
. in 1905, settled in London and learned the fundamentals of lacquer work in a lacquer repair shop in Soho.
. in 1906, moved back to Paris and met one of the contacts of the former lacquer shop, Seizo Sugawara and worked with him.
. after four years of working with Sugawara, found out that she pad developed the lacquer disease in her hands, however, continued working with it.
. in 1913, exhibited her lacquer work for the first time which became a big success.
. after the end of World War I, received the job of decorating an apartment in Paris, in rue de Lota and designed most of the furniture, carpets, lamps along with the lacquered panels on the wall of the apartment.
. when her rue de Lota work was very well reviewed by various art critics, opened her own shop to exhibit and sell her and her friends' works.
. during the late 1920s and early 1930s, was involved with Union des Artistes Modernes.
. while a part of the union, designed and furnished herself a new house Tempe a Pailla, outside Menton, France, which became one of the icons of Modernist Architecture.
. in 1937, exhibited her work for a holiday center in Le Corbusier's Esprit Nouveau pavilion at the Paris Exposition.
. after World War II, returned to Paris and continued to work on new projects, however was almost forgotten by the design industry.
. at the age of seventy, started to lose her sight and hearing, however at the age of eighty, could still make herself a summer home in Saint-Tropez.
. at the age of ninety-eight, died in her apartment on rue de Bonaparte in Paris.


Famous Works:

Gray Day Bed, 1925, for ClassiCon
S Chair, 1925, for Ecart International
Bibendum Chair, 1927, for ClassiCon
E 1027 Table, 1927, for ClassiCon
Lota Sofa, 1928, for ClassiCon
Montecarlo Sofa, 1929, for ClassiCon
Roquebrune Chair, 1932, for ClassiCon

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