This year a new movie will explore the complex, unconventional life of Eileen Gray, the Irish designer and self-taught architect behind the Modernist house that for years was attributed to Le Corbusier
Immediately following the exhibition of the Montecarlo Room, Jean Badovici conducted an interview with Eileen Gray for Wendingen, an avant-garde Dutch design publication. Le Corbusier and Robert Mallet Stevens also took note. An unfinished white wood block screen, never lacquered, remained in her apartment at Rue Bonaparte until her demise in 1976. The film’s designers recreated this piece from photographic evidence for the Rue Bonaparte set in Brussels.
Eileen Gray had previously used lacquer block screens as a wall covering in the interior of Mme Levy’s apartment but here she was clearly making a modernist statement, albeit by applying the pain-staking process of her Japanese lacquer technique, in exhibiting effectively a free-standing wall.