Now, to coincide with a retrospective of her work at Paris’ Pompidou Centre, London’s Aram store is displaying a number of Gray’s beautiful works that cemented her position as a key figure in Modernist furniture design.
Born in Enniscorthhy in southeastern Ireland, Gray initially studied painting at the Slade School of Fine art in London. After a brief spell in Paris, which piqued her love of the Art Nouveau style, she returned to London in 1905, before settling in France for the rest of her life after World War II.
It was only much later in her life, on meeting Aram founder Zeev Aram in the 1970s, that many of her designs gained the recognition they deserved, when she agreed on key pieces, including a number of beautiful chairs and the E-1027 table going into production.
Among the pieces on show are Gray’s iconic Bibendum Chair – a piece that looks as fresh and modern today as it did when it was created around a century ago. The rounded, semi-circular padded tubes that form the back and arm rests informed its playful name – Bibendum is the moniker given to the original Michelin tyres man.
We also love the imposing 1920s Brick Screen, which somehow bridges the gap between chunky and industrial and elegantly sleek:
The Eileen Gray display runs until 6 April at Aram Store, 110 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B