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Eileen Gray Transat Chairs in Cream Leather & Beech by Ecart International

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Eileen Gray Transat chairs in cream leather & beech by Ecart International A stunning pair of matching Eileen Gray Transat chairs by Ecart International, a pair of contemporary beech and cream leather 'Transat' chairs with exposed chrome joints and adjustable headrest, makers impressed marks to backs. ‘Eileen Gray’s story is remarkable no matter how many times you hear it, ’‘She’s an icon not just for women in the arts, but for women everywhere.’ The youngest of five children, Gray was born in 1878 in the Irish town of Enniscorthy. After studying at the Slade School of Art in London, she moved to Paris, where she joined the so-called ‘English colony of Montparnasse’ where many fine arts students were gathered. It was in Paris that she’d embark on a successful career as a lacquer artist, creating several pieces for the famous collector and renowned couturier Jacques Doucet. Gray would eventually move on, becoming more and more interested in Modernist art and architecture. ‘These were the early decades of the 20th century, and we are talking about fields that were completely dominated by men, ‘Being a woman and accomplishing what she did at the time wasn’t easy. Eventually, though, she was able to break through gender barriers and make her own path. She maintained an independent vision, and what she created was truly singular and special.’ The 'fauteuil transatlantique' takes as its starting point transatlantic steamship travel and the deckchairs used on such ships. It was designed for use on the terrace of Eileen's house E1027 at Roquebrune Cap Martin, between 1925 and 1927. It was also chosen by Ekart Muthesius to furnish the palace of the Maharajah of Indore during the same period. The wooden side frames are designed with rigorous geometry, tenon joints and chromed brackets. The seat is reminiscent of a deckchair's sling with a pivoting head section. Transat is short for Transatlantique- this chair was designed in 1927 by Eileen Gray in 1927 for the villa E 1027 in Roque brune CAP Martin, French Riviera and was based on the deckchairs used on steamships. It was originally used on the terrace of the designer's home and later was also chosen to furnish the palace of the Maharajah of Indore. This edition was produced by Andree Putman for Ecart International. Condition: Offered in excellent condition, will only minor usage wear to the leather, no odours or smells, joints all solid, a stunning addition to any interiors scheme. Dimensions: Height 31.1” inches / 79cm Width 21.6” inches / 55cm Length 41.7” inches / 106cm Seat height 16” inches / 40cm.

Details

  • Creator
    Eileen Gray (Designer),Ecart International (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 31.1 in. (79 cm)Width: 41.7 in. (105.92 cm)Depth: 21.6 in. (54.87 cm)Seat Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Bauhaus (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2000s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Longdon, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1832316982892

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About Eileen Gray (Designer)

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.

She was ever evolving as a designer. By the early 1920s she was creating geometric works that embodied the essence of 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 expense. 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 these pages, many of her creations have a simplicity that makes them welcome even in a traditional setting.

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