This is the classic among classics. Its ingeniously proportioned, distinctive form has made this height-adjustable table one of the most popular design icons of the 20th century. It is named after the house E 1027 ‘Maison en bord de mer’ that Eileen Gray built for herself and for her partner, Jean Badovici. The code-name likewise comes from: E is for Eileen, 10 for Jean (J is the 10th letter of the alphabet), 2 for B(adovici) and 7 for G(ray). In the 1920s Eileen Gray experimented with various versions of the design of the Adjustable Table E 1027. As she changed the look of the table with a black metal top as an alternative to the crystal glass top, she also selected black as the colour for the frame. The matte black of the coating clearly emphasises the lines of the table and its form – a version she considered especially elegant. Together with Zeev Aram, Eileen Gray developed her Adjustable Table E 1027 for production in the 1970s; they both decided to produce the chrome-plated version first, with the intention to introduce the table frame in black at a later date.
The 1926 original in black adorned the cover of the exhibition catalogue for the important Eileen Gray retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Side table. Frame height-adjustable, tubular steel, powder-coated in black. Tabletop clear crystal glass or grey smoked glass, or black lacquered metal.
All dimensions are in the unit cm.
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Eileen Gray’s achievement in design and architecture is considered pioneering work of Modernism. During her lifetime, she was honoured by the London Royal Society for Arts with the title Royal Designer for Industry, and she is one of few women mentioned in the same breath as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer. ClassiCon produces her iconic furniture designs as the sole and rightful licensee worldwide, in coordination with Aram Designs Ltd., London.