Peter Adam’s 1987 biography details one of the most important designers and architects of the 20th century. Resolutely independent and frequently underappreciated, Eileen Gray (1878–1976) was a pioneer of the modernist principle of form following function.
In a world largely dominated by men her residential project E.1027, the home that she designed and furnished herself, wielded enormous influence and set a new standard for radically modernist living. Unlike her heavy weight contemporary’s, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand and Mies van der Rohe, her tactile, elegant, and attentive design connected with the intricate and integrated practicalities of inhabited space.
Viewed through the lens of the recent COVID ‘work from home’ paradigm we can freshly appreciate the vision and adaptive ingenuity of her designs and architecture.
Eileen Gray, Architect/Designer – ISBN 9780500343548 (2019 reprint)