Eileen Gray

The Design Museum, London
224-238 Kensington High Street (Reopening 24 November 2016)
September 17–January 8

Curated by Libby Sellers

Eileen Gray stands as one of the signature designers of the early modern era, her iconic status confirmed by the sheer quantity of knockoffs of her E.1027 chrome-and-glass table available (cheap!) on the Internet. An intimate of Le Corbusier and member of the avant-garde group that formed around the magazine L’Architecture Vivante in the mid-’20s, Gray was, in her own time, well known for striking lacquer work and now-vanished International Style interiors. She remains, however, an elusive figure—a condition attributable both to the sexism of the first generation of modernist historians and to Gray’s penchant for destroying her own sketches. This retrospective of furniture, models, drawings, and archival material from 1905 to 1945 promises to further cement her position in the modernist pantheon.