Eileen Gray: Her Work and Her World


Jennifer Goff

November 2014

The most comprehensive biography of Irish-born Eileen Gray – architect, photographer, interior and furniture designer – one of the most influential designers of the twentieth century. Gray’s philosophy, world and work is presented through stunning images and rarely seen material from the collection at the National Museum of Ireland.

Collectors Limited Edition Hardback in Slipcase still available, individually numbered and signed by the author/curator Jennifer Goff ~ only 200 copies produced.



The renowned and highly influential architect, furniture-maker, interior designer and photographer Eileen Gray was born in Ireland and remained throughout her life an Irishwoman at heart. An elusive figure, her interior world has never before been observed as closely as in this ground-breaking study of her work, philosophy and inner circle of fellow artists.

Jennifer Goff expertly blends art history and biography to create a stunning ensemble, offering a clear beacon of light into truly understanding Gray – the woman and the professional. Gray was a self-taught polymath and her work was multi-functional, user-friendly, ready for mass production yet succinctly unique, and her designs show great technical virtuosity. Her expertise in lacquer work and carpet design, often overlooked, is given due attention in this book, as is her fascinating relationship with the architect Le Corbusier and many other compelling and complex relationships. The book also offers rare insights into Gray’s early years as an artist.

The primary source material for this book is drawn from the Eileen Gray collection at the National Museum of Ireland and its wealth of documentation, correspondence, personal archives, photographs and oral history.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: From Ireland to Paris
Chapter 2: A Moveable Feast: Stephen Haweis, Students and Paris
Chapter 3: The Artist: Painting, Sculpture, Photography
Chapter 4: The Realm of Lacquer
Chapter 5: Knotting and Weaving: Eileen Gray’s Carpet Design
Chapter 6: Engaging the Senses: Eileen Gray and Furniture
Chapter 7: ‘A House is not a Machine’: Eileen Gray’s Domestic Architecture
Chapter 8: Stories from Dominica and beyond: Gray, Haweis and the Collage at E1027
Chapter 9: A Tale of Two Houses: Eileen Gray and Le Corbusier
Chapter 10: For the People: Social and Cultural Architecture
Chapter 11: A Kindred Spirit: The Prunella Clough Letters
Chapter 12: Longing for Home: Ireland and Her Later Years

About the Author

Dr Jennifer Goff is Curator of Furniture, Silver & the Eileen Gray collection at the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin, and is one of the world’s leading experts on Gray’s work and legacy.

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512 pp