It piques and provokes what one might expect of it, and yet it is inexplicably aesthetic and harmonious – a nonconformist on velvet paws. Eileen Gray commented quite pragmatically on her work with typical understatement: "An armrest was omitted in order to leave the body more freedom in movement and to allow it to bend forward or to turn to the other side unrestricted". Seldom was a nonconformist more ready to talk.
The asymmetrical design adapts to the need for freedom of movement. It is precisely this quality that distinguishes Eileen Gray’s work from the often plain designs of her male colleagues.
Armchair. Frame chrome-plated tubular steel. Beech frame with rubber webbing. Upholstery polyurethane with polyester fibre. Cover in fabric or leather. Plastic gliders in black.
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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.