Inspiring women: Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray is now regarded as one of the most important designers of the 20th century but was disregarded for much of her career. At a time when most of her peer designers were male, Gray developed a reputation as a designer and architect, focused on synaesthetic and sensual properties of design. It still jars with me (in a beautiful way) to think of Gray as Irish-born and indeed her modern sensibility was under-appreciated by her native country in her lifetime.


Since 1978 the Museum of Modern Art has had the E1027 adjustable table in their permanent collection. The National Museum of Ireland has an Eileen Gray permanent exhibition on display in Collins Barracks.

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