Eileen Gray

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Birthday
9, 1878
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Oct 31, 1976 (98)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
9, 1878
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Oct 31, 1976 (98)

About

Remembered best for designing the famous Tempe a Pailla and E-1027 houses in Southern France, this pioneering modernist architect also created such famous furniture items as the E-1027 Table and the Bibendum Chair.

Before Fame

She trained as a painter at University College London's Slade School of Fine Art.

Trivia

She died in her Paris apartment shortly after her ninety-eighth birthday.

Family Life

Born Katherine Eileen Moray Smith, she grew up in southern Ireland as the youngest child of Baroness Eveleen Pounden and artist James McLaren Smith. Throughout her life, Gray had a number of relationships with both men and women; her lovers included the singer Marie-Louise and the architect Jean Badovici.

Associated With

She and her contemporary, American architect Louis Sullivan, were both key figures in the modernist architecture movement of the early Twentieth Century.