The first part of December is always marked by the most spectacular design sales and events of the season. An event I am truly looking forward to is a benefit auction, organized by Sandra Gering and the American Friends of E.1027, which comes to support the restoration of Eileen Gray’s masterpiece (above in a period photograph). The event, which will be taking place at Christie’s next week benefits the villa, which Gray built on top of a cliff in the French Riviera village of Cap Martin. This iconic home invokes a special allure for all lovers of modern design. Not because of its breathtaking Bay of Monaco views, and not because of the murals that architect and next-door neighbor Le Corbusier painted there (and was famously photographed while doing so), but because it is one of the earliest masterpieces of modernist domestic architecture. Below are some of my favorite works of art and photography, which will be offered in the auction next week, conducted by Philippe Garner; below is also my video blog on E-1027.