Loved, loved the documentary “”Gray Matters” by Marco Orsini, which was premiered last night at the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival. It is an investigation of the untold story of Eileen Gray, focusing on her contribution to the story of modern design and architecture. This biographical account is told by scholars, dealers, curators, and those
who have met Gray. Orsini’s camera travels from the Irish countryside where Gray grew up to London, Paris, and the Riviera, seeking to reveal the legend of the woman who elevated daily life into a spiritual experience. This documentary is not concerned with Gray’s personal life which she had kept private until 1976, the year she died, but rather with her passion for experimentation, innovation, and the magical things she designed. While Gray created many iconic pieces of furniture, it was the screen, which had become her touchstone. From the very early years, when she crafted screens of lacquer, through the most breathtaking block screen, and to the later screens where she experimented with cork and plastic. This film is a must for any lover of design.