Meanwhile….. in the South of France past Cannes, Nice and Monaco E1027 overlooks the French Riviera and I wonder about an extraordinary woman’s contribution and influence to the world of design.
“Eileen Gray was born in Ireland in 1878, studied at the Slade School of Art in London and then moved to Paris. After her work was exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in 1913, she started earning commissions for her interior design work, and in 1922, she opened her own s…shop, called Jean Désert.
In mid-career, Gray became an architect and designed a home in Roquebrune, France with fellow-architect and partner Jean Badovici. Gray also designed the furniture for this house, which they named E.1027 to reflect the collaborative nature of the project.
E.1027 is a cipher for the architects’ intertwined initials: The E is for Eileen and the numbers 10, 2 and 7 represent the alphabetical order of the letters J, B and G, respectively”