Elegant and non-conformist, Eileen Grey (1878-1976) was overlooked for much of her career but is now considered one of the most influential furniture designers of the 20th century. Her voluptuous ‘Bibendum’ chair (early 1900s) has become an iconic work.
The austerely chic E-1027 chrome and glass table (1929) was designed by Grey for the E-1027 house at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin she built and shared with her lover, Jean Badovici. The name is a numeric code for their initials - E for Eileen, 10 for J (10th letter of the alphabet), 2 for B and 7 for G.
She created her ‘Dragon chair’ in 1920 as part of the spectacular refurbishment of Mme Levy’s apartment in the Rue de Lota in Paris. It achieved a price of US$28,238,277 in the Berge/Saint Laurent sale at Christie’s Paris in February 2009. Lacquered with patinated silver leaf inclusions, it is quite simply fabulous!