Au-delà de chaque objet du quotidien se cache un designer ingénieux et un processus de création fascinant. Mais, qui connaît le designer dissimulé derrière le projet ? Qui en devine le processus de création ? Car au-delà d'un siège, d'une gourde ou d'un skate se lisent des innovations techniques et technologiques, mais aussi sociales, économiques ou environnementales. Dans cet ouvrage, histoires, anecdotes, descriptions apportent des éclairages tout autant sur le Bic 4 couleurs que sur le K-way, sur la tente 2 secondes que sur la Fiat 500, sur le verre gigogne que sur le tabouret Tam-Tam.
A smartly designed and beautifully illustrated look at the life and work of an elusive and influential designer and architect.
Eileen Gray (1878-1976) was a versatile designer and architect who navigated numerous literary and artistic circles over the course of her life. This handsome volume chronicles Gray's career as a designer, architect, painter, and photographer. The book's essays, featuring copious new research, offer in-depth analysis of more than 50 individual designs and architectural projects, accompanied by both period and new photographs.
Born in Ireland and educated in London, Gray proceeded to Paris where she opened a textile studio, studied the Japanese craft of lacquer that would become a primary technique in her design work, and owned and directed the influential gallery and store known as "Jean Desert." Gray struggled for acceptance as a largely self-taught woman in male-dominated professions. Although she is now best known for her furniture, lighting, and carpets, she dedicated herself to many architectural and interior projects that were both personal and socially driven, including the Villa E 1027, the iconic modern house designed with Jean Badovici, as well as economical and demountable projects, such as the Camping Tent.
Published in association with the Bard Graduate Center.
Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York.
(February 28-July 12, 2020).