Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ON FILM: A Picture of Eileen Gray

Update: On April 13, 2015, the NY School of Interior Design
wil host a panel discussion entitled "Eileen Gray -- Why Now?".
Details here

Left: Eileen Gray; right: actress Orla Brady

Recently released, with March 2015 premieres in Dublin, Cannes, New York and London ... 
a biopic about seminal Modernist designer Eileen Gray, and her turbulent relationship with famed architect Le Corbusier. Gray created her stunning and now-iconic E1027 house on the French seashore in 1924; it is now recognized by many as the first Modernist house ever built. 

Called "The Price of Desire", the film casts Le Corbusier as Gray’s rival (in a fit of pique, he defaced the E1027 house with his infamous sexually graphic murals), but also presents him as an admirer who tells “the story, from his point of view, of how Eileen Gray came to be the most important, inspirational and innovative architect of their generation, and gives her back the right to be recognized for that work.”

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Link here to read my article Eileen Gray: from Shadow to Light, published in Modernism magazine 
(Spring 2011 issue.)

Rue de Lota apartment designed by Eileen Gray
 with her Pirogue sofa

    Eileen Gray Rivoli Tea Table
E.G.'s much-reproduced E1027 table --
now even Target makes it!

Link here for interview with film maker Mary McGuckian

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