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Eileen Gray

Irish, 1879-1976

Designer, artist and architect Eileen Gray was one of the most fascinating creative figures of the 20th century. Her body of work includes lustrous lacquered pieces — her Dragons chair set an auction record for modern furniture ($28 million) at the 2009 sale of the Yves Saint Laurent estate — and sleek chrome furnishings that rival the work of Le Corbusier and the members of the Bauhaus as exemplars of pure, modernist design.

The independent and unconventional daughter of Irish landed gentry, Gray studied painting at London’s Slade School of Fine Art in her early twenties before moving to Paris in 1906 to pursue her artistic dreams. Gray had become captivated by lacquerware after seeing an exhibit in the Victoria & Albert Museum, and in Paris persuaded an expatriate Japanese master of the painstaking process, Seizo Sugawara, to teach her. Within a few years, Gray had become known among the cognoscenti for her sculptural lacquered furnishings, which she incorporated into the homes of interior design clients.

Gray was ever evolving as a designer. By the early 1920s she was creating geometric works that embodied the essence of Art Deco and the nascent modernist design movement. Some pieces — such as her Bricks screen, an assemblage of pivoting rectangular panels — employ the planar forms favored by Gerrit Rietveld and other De Stijl architects of the Netherlands. Others feature the tubular chrome framing used by Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. These include the Bibendum chair — named for the resemblance of its semicircular back and armrest to the character known in English as the Michelin Man — and the adjustable E 1027 side table, conceived in 1927 for the interiors of a stark white villa she designed for herself in the South of France.

Never a self-promoter, Gray drifted out of the limelight in the 1930s. Interest in her work was revived in the early ’70s, however, when the estates of her early clients came to auction. Her original lacquer pieces are the most coveted, but, as the sale of the Dragons chair shows, are rare and extremely expensive.

None of Gray’s designs were made in large numbers until, a few years before her death, she granted a production license. These pieces range in price from $1,000 to $2,500, depending on furniture type and condition. Gray’s work has become iconic of practical and elegant modernist design. Yet, as you will see on 1stDibs, many of her creations have a simplicity that makes them welcome even in a traditional setting.

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$2,000
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Iconic Designs from Eileen Gray
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Adjustable Table E 1027
Adjustable Table E 1027
Transat Chair
Transat Chair
Multiple Eileen Gray Bar Stool No. 1 Black Leather Chrome, circa 1920
By Eileen Gray
Located in Vienna, AT
Eileen Gray bar stool no. 1, designed in 1920s, production by Classicon circa 1985- engraved and numbered. 6 pieces available, priced and sold per price Classical design by Eil...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Eileen Gray

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Chrome, Stainless Steel

Eileen Gray Original Monte Carlo Sofa Chaise in Italian Mohair
By Marcel Breuer, Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand Cassina
Located in San Diego, CA
Incredible Eileen Gray Monte Carlo sofa designed in 1929, this piece is one of a kind as it has been upholstered in a beautiful short Italian Mohair. Sofa has signature and serial nu...
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20th Century French Modern Eileen Gray

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Steel, Chrome

1927, Eileen Gray for ClassiCon, Floor Lamp Tube Lamp
By Eileen Gray
Located in IJMuiden, NL
Eileen gray lamp. The floor lamp is in good condition, although the tube has some colored spots in the back from burning hours and the foot has traces of wear and some rusty like spo...
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1920s English Mid-Century Modern Vintage Eileen Gray

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Metal, Chrome

ClassiCon Castellar Wall Mirror by Eileen Gray
By Eileen Gray
Located in New York, NY
Eileen Gray understood how to combine the aesthetic with the practical as did few designers. The geometrically structured mirror castellar, designed for her summerhouse E1027, is a p...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Eileen Gray

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Glass

  • ClassiCon Castellar Wall Mirror by Eileen Gray
  • ClassiCon Castellar Wall Mirror by Eileen Gray
  • ClassiCon Castellar Wall Mirror by Eileen Gray
  • ClassiCon Castellar Wall Mirror by Eileen Gray
H 25.2 in. W 22.84 in. D 0.04 in.
ClassiCon Aixia Chair in White by Eileen Gray
By Eileen Gray
Located in New York, NY
Aixia was one of Eileen Gray‘s personal favourites. She used this chair in all of her apartments, sometimes in the dining room, sometimes at a desk. Even in 1929, when she converted ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Eileen Gray

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Steel

  • ClassiCon Aixia Chair in White by Eileen Gray
  • ClassiCon Aixia Chair in White by Eileen Gray
  • ClassiCon Aixia Chair in White by Eileen Gray
  • ClassiCon Aixia Chair in White by Eileen Gray
H 33.08 in. W 15.75 in. D 20.48 in.
ClassiCon Roquebrune Chair in Black with Chrome Legs by Eileen Gray
By Eileen Gray
Located in New York, NY
For the terrace of her second house in Castellar Eileen Gray designed a very comfortable chair with a deep seating area. It was covered with blue canvas. She created another version,...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Eileen Gray

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Steel

Adjustable Desk Lamp by Eileen Gray
By Eileen Gray
Located in San Francisco, CA
An Eileen Gray desk lamp for the French manufacturer Jumo from the early 1940s. Adjustable arm and shade in silver lacquered metal and chrome. Two-light bayonet bulbs with the switch...
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1940s French Modern Vintage Eileen Gray

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Metal, Chrome

  • Adjustable Desk Lamp by Eileen Gray
  • Adjustable Desk Lamp by Eileen Gray
  • Adjustable Desk Lamp by Eileen Gray
  • Adjustable Desk Lamp by Eileen Gray
H 15.75 in. W 17.5 in. D 6 in.
ClassiCon Occasional Round Side Table in White by Eileen Gray
By Eileen Gray
Located in New York, NY
The Latin for furniture, res mobiles, is based on the word mobile. Eileen Gray took this very literally. She loved light, functional furniture that could be moved around easily. One ...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Modern Eileen Gray

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Steel

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Eileen Gray furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Eileen Gray furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Eileen Gray furniture, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. 24 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 51 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original furniture by Eileen Gray was created in modern style in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary. Many customers also consider furniture by e15, Nathan Lindberg and Xavier Pauchard if you’re looking for additional options. Prices for Eileen Gray furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $631 and tops out at $73,755, while pieces like these can sell for $4,793.

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