New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1987. First edition. Cloth over Boards. Quatro, pp 400, indexed, illustrated with 335 b/w photographs, including 35 plates in full color. As New in Fine DJ. Item #20238
Self-taught as an architect, Eileen Gray stood her ground in a world dominated by men: she built two houses that made architectural history. Her use of industrial materials in these houses, her concept of making furniture adaptable for dual purposes, her extensive application of built-ins won her notice at the imporant expositions and in the leading architectural journals of the 1920s. The author traces the evolution of her theories in drawings and important articles, translating and reproducing much work never published before or largely inaccessible. He also provides a catalog of all her known furniture - a necessity for collectors and lovers of Art Deco at its finest. There was a major retrospective on her life and work at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery in NYC this year, and the show moves to Centre Pompidou in Ireland next. For a major reassessment of her work, see the September 24, 2020 issue of New York Review of Books.