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Eileen Grey

Yesterday, Irish President Michael D Higgins opened an exhibition of the work of Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray (1878-1976) at the Irish embassy in Paris. Eileen was born in Enniscorthy here close to me in Wexford but spent most of her life in France. She was a pioneer of the Modern Movement in furniture design.

Her innovative Bibendum Chair was one of the 20th century’s most recognizable furniture designs. The chair is very much for lounging in and socializing. The name Bibendum originates from the character created by Michelin to sell tyres!

An Eileen Gray-made wooden screen, used as an apartment room divider, has sold at auction in New York for more than $1.8 million. It was the highlight in a two-day sale of art deco items at Christie’s in Manhattan this week. The lacquered and painted woodscreen was made in Paris in the 1920s. 6ft high it was part of Stephen Greenberg's world famous collection of art deco.

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I love art deco and Eileen Gray's name is known to me as a result.

It's so sad when an important collection gets broken up.

Edited at 2013-02-19 12:52 (UTC)
Did the information also mention that the Bibendum chair is also seriously comfortable? My parents are the proud possessors of two restored examples when they redecorated in Deco-inspired to fit the age and form of their house.
I'll take your word for its comfortableness. I've never had the pleasure of trying one out.

Edited at 2013-02-20 13:44 (UTC)