Eileen Gray Designer Chairs
The Irish born Eileen Gray amazed her contemporaries as well as us today with her ability for transformation in her work. At the one hand early pieces adorned with intricate lacquer work fetch millions at the most exclusive auctions around the world.
On the other hand the designer created a small but powerful collection of minimalist tubular furniture, which lives up to the theories of the Bauhaus in every respect without any traces of the drabness of some of her male colleagues. Eileen Gray always understood to add a humorous and personal touch to her designs making them joyful prime examples for Classic Design.
The Roquebrune Chair – A true Eileen Gray chair
Only few Eileen Gray designer chairs are still in production today. The most popular being the Roquebrune chair, a delicate appearance of chrome plated tubular steel and a minimalistic leather seat and backrest. The laced fastening on the backrest is the only embellishment reminding a bit of a corsage. Could this be Gray’s way to add a feminine touch to the otherwise strictly rectangular shape?
The Roquebrune chair, just like other minimalist design classics, is surprisingly comfortable. Similar to Le Corbusier’s LC 1 it is well-thought-through angles rather than upholstery that make for a pleasant seating experience.
This Eileen Gray chair definitely has personality. The combination of the Jean folding table and the Roquebrune in the role of a kitchen chair provides the perfect setting for an intimate breakfast on a sunny summer morning. Just like Eileen Gray probably imagined having with her partner Jean Badovici at her house E 1027 at the French Riviera. After all, the designer always had a personal attachment to her designs.
Alternatively the chair is an excellent choice for a dining room chair. In that case possibly with a large Le Corbusier glass table?
A chair for Maharajahs - The Transat chair
Another design is no less interesting although it is considered rather a case study than a common interior object today. The Transat chair reminds of the deck chairs of transatlantic ships of that time. Originally designed for the terrace of her coastal home it is said that the interior designer of the Maharajah of Indore too had a few of them brought to the palace.