This film explores the long, fascinating life and complicated career of architect and designer Eileen Gray, whose uncompromising vision defined and defied the practice of modernism in decoration, design and architecture. Making a reputation with her traditional lacquer work in the first decade of the 20th century, she later became a critically acclaimed and sought after designer and decorator before reinventing herself as an architect, a field in which she labored largely in obscurity. Apart from the accolades that greeted her first building (persistently and perversely credited to her mentor) her pioneering work was done quietly, privately and to her own specifications. But she lived long enough to be re-discovered and acclaimed. Today, with her work commanding extraordinary prices and attention, her legacy, like the artist herself, remains elusive, contested and compelling.
Gray Matters: Architect & Designer Eileen Gray
First Run Features, 2014.; [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2018.
Title from title frames.
Originally produced by First Run Features in 2014.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Orsini, Marco film director.
First Run Features (Firm), dst; Kanopy (Firm), dst