Compact Design Portfolio: Eileen Gray
by Penelope Rowlands (9780811832694)

Compact Design Portfolio: Eileen Gray
Penelope Rowlands
Release Date: 01 Mar 2002
Format: Hardback
Category: History Of Art & Art & Design Styles
ISBN: 9780811832694
ISBN-10: 0811832694

Contemporary design used to be an elitist subject. Despite the crusading populist idealism of the early Modernists, it never catapulted to the masses. Until now. Each book in the Design Briefs series contains short essays, penned by stylish writers with real knowledge and fresh enthusiasm on the subject. The essays address the designer's life, work, and influence, and are followed by numerous pages of illustrations for ongoing reference. Design Briefs: Eileen Gray covers a key pioneer of modernism. She was also one of the first women to be taught at the Slade School of Art in London. In 1902, she moved to Paris where she began her artistic career producing lacquerware. She applied numerous coats of lacquer to re-create folding screens, panels, furniture, bowls and plates, and even discovered new colors for her Japanese-style domestic objects. She also set standards in the use of neon light with her Prophetic lights, while her houses E-1027 and Tempe a Pailla in the South of France were considered futuristic for the time. Gray's initial passion for precious furnishings gave way to a more sober functionalism. She experimented with tubular steel, and she designed chairs and tables in chrome and glass, which still look very modern today.

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