ClassiCon Monte Carlo Sofa in Leather and Chrome by Eileen Gray For Sale
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ClassiCon Monte Carlo Sofa in Leather and Chrome by Eileen Gray

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Eileen Gray‘s perhaps most exclusive sofa radiates an allure from which no beholder can escape. The soft curve, the most unusual lines of the backrest make the Monte Carlo an incomparable and striking one-of-a-kind in the history of 20th century design (like Eileen Gray herself). Monte Carlo unites reserve and exuberance, quiet calm and dynamism. Seldom is such perfect balance seen in a piece of furniture. Frame of chromium-plated steel tubing. Padded beech frame with rubber webbing. Upholstery: Polyurethane with polyester fiber. Cover in leather. Dimensions: W 280 cm, D 97 cm, H 60 cm. Classic Leather.

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Available in Fabric Grades 1-5, Leather, COL or COM

Details

  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 23.63 in. x W 110.24 in. x D 38.19 in.H 60 cm x W 280 cm x D 97 cm
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    Monte Carlo Leather
  • Reference Number
    LU4463213851581
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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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