Friends of E.1027

Friends of E.1027 www.e1027.org A pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture, Eileen Gray (1878-1976) was an influential Irish furniture designer and architect.

E.1027 was designed by Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici between 1926 and 1929 as a vacation residence and a showpiece of modern architecture and furnishings. Indicating the collaborative nature of the undertaking, the name of the house is a code for their intertwined initials: E for Eileen, 10 for J, the 10th letter of the alphabet, and, following this logic, 2 for B, and 7 for G. Gray was responsible for much of the design and for overseeing its construction; Badovici provided conceptual inspiration and assisted in technical matters. E.1027 was built on an isolated stretch of the French Riviera, on the western side of Cap Martin overlooking the Bay of Monaco. Gray chose this site for the beauty of its views and set the house directly into the existing terrain of agricultural terraces. Wishing to build a house that interacted with the natural elements, she developed the design to incorporate an evolving relationship with the sun, the prevailing winds, and the sea. Inside and outside flow together. Not only does every room give out onto a balcony or terrace, but the shutters and windows are also adustable, allowing the inhabitant to harmoniously engage with the sea and the hills surrounding the villa. While e.1027 employed many of the key tenets of the Modern movement's chief architect, Le Corbusier, this was done in a critical manner. Gray took issue with Le Corbusier's dictum that "the house is a machine to live in." Rather, she described the house as a living organism, an extension of the human experience, stating that "it is not a matter of simply constructing beautiful ensembles of lines, but above all, dwellings for people." "Formulas are nothing," she insisted, "Life is everything. And life is simultaneously mind and heart." The villa's open, flexible design allowed users to experience the dwelling as an organic whole, while simultaneously maintaining a feeling of intimacy and privacy, both of which Gray herself valued enormously. e.1027 manifests Gray's most fundamental contribution to modern architecture.

Mission: Friends of e.1027 is a New York-based non-profit organization devoted to supporting the restoration and preservation of e.1027, Eileen Gray's seminal Modernist villa in Roquebrune-Cap Martin in the south of France.

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Opening today! Eileen Gray at the Bard Graduate Center. Now through July 12. Click for more info: https://www.bgc.bard.e...
02/29/2020
Eileen Gray

Opening today! Eileen Gray at the Bard Graduate Center. Now through July 12. Click for more info: https://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/exhibitions/99/eileen-gray

This exhibition is the first in the United States to examine the total oeuvre of Eileen Gray. In addition to affirming her accomplishments as an architect and a designer, it sheds light on the full sweep of Gray’s career, including her work as a painter and photographer. The exhibition is largely ...

Calling all New Yorkers!  Opening this Saturday, Feb 29, the Bard Graduate Center presents "Eileen Gray: Creating a Tota...
02/27/2020
Metropolis Magazine

Calling all New Yorkers! Opening this Saturday, Feb 29, the Bard Graduate Center presents "Eileen Gray: Creating a Total Work of Art."

Curated by Cloé Pitiot with assistance from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the show will feature never-before exhibited furniture as well as other aspects of Gray’s design work, including archival materials from Gray’s best-known buildings. Also on view will be newly discovered materials on Gray‘s architectural projects in France, reinforcing her standing as a gifted architect and shedding new light on her ideas about architecture, interiors, design, and landscape.

Eileen Gray at the Bard Graduate Center reveals there’s much still left to be said about the mother of Modernism. #design #art Bard Graduate Center #EileenGray

Thrilled that Getty Foundation has awarded e.1027 its “Keeping It Modern” grant initiative!  The grant assists with cons...
07/18/2019
The Getty Foundation grants $1.6 million to preserving modernist gems

Thrilled that Getty Foundation has awarded e.1027 its “Keeping It Modern” grant initiative! The grant assists with conservation efforts behind some of the 20th century’s most iconic buildings. Learn more: https://www.curbed.com/2019/7/18/20698523/getty-foundation-keeping-it-modern-grants-2019 Curbed

This year’s winners include two U.S. works by Eero Saarinen, a Mozambique rail station, and a Soviet-era monument.

Support e.1027's restoration by participating in Cap Moderne's fundraising auction with ArtCurial!  A night in e.1027 an...
06/14/2019

Support e.1027's restoration by participating in Cap Moderne's fundraising auction with ArtCurial! A night in e.1027 and a unique photograph collage by Karl Lagerfeld are on the chopping block. Learn more and see all the lots at http://tiny.cc/mhx57y.

Cap Moderne are celebrating the 90th anniversary of Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027, by holding a fundraising Auction with ArtCurial on 15 June at the villa. Additionally we are holding an online Auction running from 13-17 June, also with ArtCurial.

13-17 June Auction ➡️ http://tiny.cc/mhx57y

15 June Auction (starts at 8pm CEST) ➡️ http://tiny.cc/qgx57y

These events are destined to raise the funds needed to complete our program of restoration next winter. This is the last year of our mandate to restore Cap Moderne for the Conservatoire du littoral and, with your help, we can hand over the site fully restored to the Centre des Monuments Nationaux in June 2020.

We have gathered some interesting and eclectic lots, all in some way linked to Eileen Gray. These include two rare, original lacquer plates by Eileen Gray and a unique experience to stay in the villa guest room, where Le Corbusier stayed in 1938 and where he painted one of his murals in E-1027.

Please look at the live and online auctions through the two links below and please bid as much as you can to contribute to this exceptional restoration.

Still curious about the new Eileen Gray graphic novel, A House Under the Sun?  Read NPR's review: https://www.npr.org/20...
06/07/2019
Friends of E.1027

Still curious about the new Eileen Gray graphic novel, A House Under the Sun? Read NPR's review: https://www.npr.org/2019/06/07/729969870/eileen-gray-examines-the-relationship-between-genius-and-gender

Check out French architect and urban designer Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and illustrator Zosia Dzierżawska's new book on Eileen Gray! "Exquisite visuals illuminate the previously overlooked struggles and triumphs of a young queer Irish designer whose work and life came to bloom during the 'Années Folles' of early 20th century Paris." Available on May 14, 2019.

Dublin!  This year's International Literature Festival Dublin runs from 17-26 May – don't miss design critic Alice Rawst...
05/17/2019
International Literature Festival Dublin - 5 must-see events

Dublin! This year's International Literature Festival Dublin runs from 17-26 May – don't miss design critic Alice Rawsthorn's talk exploring the life of e.1027 on May 23 at 8 PM. Rawsthorn will bring the building to life and reveal the stories contained within its walls. Learn more: https://www.rte.ie/culture/2019/0514/1049416-international-literature-festival-dublin-5-must-see-events/

We asked Martin Colthorpe, Programme Director of the International Literature Festival Dublin, to select a quintet of his own must-see events at this years ILDF, which runs from 17-26 May.

Check out French architect and urban designer Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and illustrator Zosia Dzierżawska's new book on...
04/11/2019
Eileen Gray: A House Under The Sun | IndieBound.org

Check out French architect and urban designer Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and illustrator Zosia Dzierżawska's new book on Eileen Gray! "Exquisite visuals illuminate the previously overlooked struggles and triumphs of a young queer Irish designer whose work and life came to bloom during the 'Années Folles' of early 20th century Paris." Available on May 14, 2019.

04/10/2019
The house that Eileen built | Nationwide | RTÉ One

The House That Eileen Built – Watch TONIGHT - Weds April 10 on RTE 1 Ireland at 7 PM – Nationwide Special

A colourful history of love, jealousy, betrayal, and even murder – see e.1027 up close.

This Wednesday 8 April, RTÉ Nationwide follows the fascinating story of renowned Irish architect and furniture designer, Eileen Gray. In 1926, the Wexford wo...

Learn more about the story of e.1027 and the ongoing restoration efforts from 1stdibs's Introspective magazine.
01/28/2019
Eileen Gray’s Famed Cliffside Villa in the South of France Is Returned to Its Modernist Glory

Learn more about the story of e.1027 and the ongoing restoration efforts from 1stdibs's Introspective magazine.

A narrow pebbled lane leads from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, on France’s Côte d’Azur, to E-1027, Eileen Gray’s now-world-famous first architectural work. On one side, the lane is hemmed in by the tracks of a little-used rail line; on the other there are fenced-off trees. Small gaps between their b...

ClassiCon
11/28/2018

ClassiCon

The price of desire..
A Bibendum Armchair by Eileen Gray from 1926-1928 was sold for 629,000 € at Artcurial in Paris yesterday evening. An amazing piece which has even been exhibited in Munich for some days. Congratulations to the buyer who acquired a piece of design history!

https://www.artcurial.com/en/lot-eileen-gray-1879-1976-fauteuil-bibendum-1926-1928-3885-75?fbclid=IwAR0Qx9QUooT8jIr7AC6UVbiwD57LTFCxaMneioVR5HNvDfniAXd8nw7u710

ARTCURIAL ClassiCon Oliver Holy Classicon The Price of Desire Gray Matters Friends of E.1027​ #classicon #eileengray #bibendum #armchair #artcurial

Photos by ARTCURIAL

Happy Birthday Eileen Gray!  Born on this day in 1878 in Ireland.
08/09/2018

Happy Birthday Eileen Gray! Born on this day in 1878 in Ireland.

Happy Birthday to Ms Eileen Gray who was born on this day in 1878.

Pictured here are four of Gray’s most loved designs (clockwise from left): Bibendum, 1926; E1027, 1927; Tube Light, 1927 and Roquebrune, circa 1920s/30s – eileengray.co.uk

Photo credit: ClassiCon

"On June 20, Christie's New York will offer a wood-and-brass armchair upholstered with calfskin at its summer design auc...
06/14/2018
Why investors spend millions on designer furniture

"On June 20, Christie's New York will offer a wood-and-brass armchair upholstered with calfskin at its summer design auction. The 90-year-old "Transat" armchair, designed by the late Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray, has an official estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million, making it the highest-valued piece of contemporary design on offer from a major auction house this month."

A million dollars is a lot of money for a chair, yet investors in high-end furniture are often willing to pay that and more for the right piece of furniture.

We regret to inform you that our beloved colleague Frederieke Taylor has passed away. A dedicated member of the art worl...
02/09/2018

We regret to inform you that our beloved colleague Frederieke Taylor has passed away. A dedicated member of the art world community, Frederieke was active in architectural and non-profit circles and ran an eponymous contemporary art and design gallery. In 1998 Frederieke was instrumental in the creation of Friends of e.1027, from which time she served as Vice President. We will be forever grateful for her assistance and generosity. Our sadness and grief are comforted by our memories of her vibrant spirit, style and brilliance. We honor her life’s work and send our condolences to her family and friends.

Read more about Frederieke's amazing life on Artforum: https://www.artforum.com/news/frederieke-taylor-1940-2018-74189

Gray Matters is now on iTunes in the US!  Learn more about the extraordinary Eileen Gray #EileenGrayProjectDownload here...
10/24/2017

Gray Matters is now on iTunes in the US! Learn more about the extraordinary Eileen Gray #EileenGrayProject

Download here: http://apple.co/2z0rprn

Eileen Gray a woman before her time. Learn more about the private person in our documentary Gray Matters now on iTunes USA. #EileenGrayProject

Download here: http://apple.co/2z0rprn

Last Wednesday the Central Bank issued a limited edition silver proof collector €10 coin celebrating the renowned design...
12/12/2016
Gray Matters

Last Wednesday the Central Bank issued a limited edition silver proof collector €10 coin celebrating the renowned designer and architect who died in 1976.

This is the first collector coin issued by the bank celebrating the achievements of an Irish woman. Gray was regarded as one of the leading members of the modern design movement in France. #EileenGray

Last Wednesday the Central Bank issued a limited edition silver proof collector €10 coin celebrating the renowned designer and architect who died in 1976.
This is the first collector coin issued by the bank celebrating the achievements of an Irish woman. Gray was regarded as one of the leading members of the modern design movement in France. #EileenGray

via Gray Matters: Yesterday evening Sotheby's Paris had a private screening of Gray Matters. Pictured here is director M...
10/18/2016

via Gray Matters: Yesterday evening Sotheby's Paris had a private screening of Gray Matters. Pictured here is director Marco Antonio Orsini with one of Eileen Gray's items up for auction next month on November 21. http://bit.ly/2ew8G1y

Yesterday evening Sotheby's Paris had a private screening of Gray Matters. Pictured here director Marco Antonio Orsini with one of Eileen Gray's items up for auction next month November 21st. #EileenGrayProject

Parlez-vous français ?  Bonne lecture à cet article de Nice-Matin !
09/21/2016

Parlez-vous français ? Bonne lecture à cet article de Nice-Matin !

For its 125th anniversary Architectural Record recently elected E.1027 to its "25 Cult Classics" list!  Check it out at ...
09/19/2016
25 Cult Classics

For its 125th anniversary Architectural Record recently elected E.1027 to its "25 Cult Classics" list! Check it out at http://www.architecturalrecord.com/articles/11874-cult-classics #EileenGray

"...these distinctive works of architecture are singular in their use of a formal language or their inventive exploration of materials—and some are just over the top.... they have left an indelible mark on the minds of those who know them"

A cluster of buildings cited by critics and historians for the “Top 125 Buildings” since 1891 didn’t make it onto our final list.

Throwback to the amazing trip to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in late August that Sandra Gering Inc (Friends of E.1027's founde...
09/15/2016

Throwback to the amazing trip to Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in late August that Sandra Gering Inc (Friends of E.1027's founder) took with board member Paula Kane! Click through to see highlights of E.1027, the new exhibition and welcome center! #tbt

Want to learn more about Eileen Gray and e.1027?  Gray Matters is now out on digital release on iTunes in the UK and Ire...
09/14/2016

Want to learn more about Eileen Gray and e.1027? Gray Matters is now out on digital release on iTunes in the UK and Ireland. Purchase or rent here: http://apple.co/2bMUjnh

Out on digital release on iTunes in the UK and Ireland. Purchase or rent here http://apple.co/2bMUjnh. #EileenGrayProject

09/07/2016
Sandra Gering Inc

See Eileen Gray's modernist villa like never before in this amazing video courtesy of our friends at Cap Moderne. We are teaming up to raise money for the conservation and preservation of this important heritage site. Learn more about the new visitors' center and exhibition space before making your contribution!

www.e1027.org/donate

“We need to create a world-class center of excellence to inspire and to train future generations of designers and architects… It’s our duty to ensure that Cap Moderne is preserved for future generations.”
—Cap Moderne's Michael Likierman

Watch this wonderful short film about Eileen Gray and Cap Moderne!
Donations can be made to Friends of e1027 Friends of E.1027

Gray Matters
08/23/2016

Gray Matters

Last summer the domestic diva herself Martha Stewart visited e1027 while visiting Monaco. Her guided tour from director Marco Antonio Orsini gave her much to talk about to her loyal followers. The documentary has been released in the UK and Ireland on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Microsoft XBOX ONE Visit the links below to purchase or rent. Enjoy. #EileenGrayProject

iTunes: http://apple.co/2bMUjnh

Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/2bcBBEf

Google Play: http://bit.ly/2baIOYk

Xbox: http://bit.ly/2byAoXG

Gray Matters reviewed in The Guardian!
08/17/2016
Gray Matters

Gray Matters reviewed in The Guardian!

With our digital release COMING SOON, here is a review of the film from The Guardian. #EileenGrayProject

Read: http://bit.ly/1WpPSzz

Eileen Gray’s villa E.1027 in southern France is one of nine recipients of a Getty Foundation Keeping It Modern grant fo...
08/01/2016
Getty Foundation announces 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees

Eileen Gray’s villa E.1027 in southern France is one of nine recipients of a Getty Foundation Keeping It Modern grant for 2016!

The Getty Foundation is scheduled to announce its 2016 Keeping It Modern grantees on Thursday -- and the projects chosen are slightly more gender balanced than in years past. The nine recipients in nine countries include, for the first time since the initiative’s 2014 launch, two projects designed b...

07/07/2016
Galway International Arts Festival

Eileen Gray was a trailblazer who lived by her own rules. Watch how four of Ireland's leading performance makers capture her life and work at the world premiere of Invitation to a Journey. #GIAF16 via Aram Store

Eileen Gray was a trailblazer who lived by her own rules. Watch how four of Ireland's leading performance makers capture her life and work at the world premiere of Invitation to a Journey. #GIAF16

“It became more than a movie and more of a movement,” says writer/director Mary McGuckian, on her film The Price of Desi...
05/29/2016
Recalling the life of Eileen Gray - the Irish mother of Modernism

“It became more than a movie and more of a movement,” says writer/director Mary McGuckian, on her film The Price of Desire and the multiple ongoing sister projects, including the restoration of E.1027 and a photography book by Julian Lennon. Read more of Ellie O'Bryne's review in the Irish Examiner for The Price of Desire, now in theatres.

A new film unveils the bitter fallout between Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier over their iconic villa

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