The For the 14th Salon des Artistes Decorateures in Paris in 1923, Eileen Gray created her famed Une chamber á coucher boudoir pour Monte Carlo. For this extraordinary installation, which was criticized by the press as a “room of horror,” or “a melancholic space,” Gray designed rugs, furniture, a table lamp, screens in white lacquer, and the Rocket Lamp which is in the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond (gifted by legendary collectors Sydney and Frances Lewis). More on the room and its furnishings, in the upcoming panel on Eileen Gray at the New York School of Interior Design on April 13th, which I will moderate. On the panel will be Dr. Jennifer Goff, Curator of Furniture, Silver, and the Eileen Gray Collection at the National Museum of Ireland and one of the world’s leading experts on Gray’s legacy; Dr. Cloé Pitiot, the design curator at the National Museum of Modern Art - Centre Georges Pompidou; Sandra Gering, founder of the Friends of E.1027, an organization devoted to raising funds for the restoration and preservation of the modernist villa; and Adriana Friedman, director of the famed DeLorenzo Gallery. This panel discussion is a part of the spring 2015 edition of the program Collecting Design. Tickets are available now.
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