Eileen Gray and the influence of Cubism
Rosamund Diamond

Eileen Gray’s design approach, resulting in the production of her two houses E.1027 and Tempe à Pailla as complete works, could have been influenced by the revolutionary effects of Cubism, in particular Marcel Duchamp’s version “Elementary Parallelism” and some of his later art practices. There are parallels between Gray’s use of purpose-made and standard fittings and Duchamp’s adaptations of mechanisms and his “readymades”. This is discussed in the multiple design fields in which Eileen Gray worked. There is a similarity in her approach to transformable fixed and loose furniture and architecture in the means by which she transforms space.

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Holiday architecture, Leisure architecture, Tourism modern architecture, Eileen Gray, E.1027, Cubism, Marcel Duchamp.

Issue 60
Year 2019
Pages 77-83
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.52200/60.A.7Y6V0CZB

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