Eileen Grey // E-1027 Study
In 1926, Eileen Gray designed Villa E-1027 for her and her lover, Jean Badovici. Opening up to the sea the house allowed for isolation and independence. The structure mirrors the surrounding topography while it embraces modernist methods as each volume rests on concrete pillars on a different level of the cascading hillside. Each space is both sensible and intimate as the rooms are furnished with multifunctional pieces. Gray used these pieces to challenge the contemporary prejudices against women designers who are accused of reaching the apex of their abilities. Her designs became a response to the absence of women's experiences in the history of architecture and design because of the masculine dominance.
In 1938, Le Corbusier built a cabin nearby E-1027 later to occupy, deface and attempt to own the villa. He left behind 8 murals with sexit connotations against Eileen as a woman and a designer. In the following years, the villa had been used as a target during war, its furniture either stolen or sold at auction and finally left in ruins. Villa E-1027 holds onto both the idealistic image of the female experience being endlessly productive and sensual just as it does not exist without its oppressed past.
9 . 2021 - 10 . 2020
Eileen Grey // E-1027 Interpretation
As a response to Eileen Gray’s statement: “A house is not a machine to live in. It is the shell of man, his extension, his release, his spiritual emanation. Not only its visual harmony but its organization as a whole, the whole work combined together, make it human in the most profound sense.”, I envisioned Villa E-1027 as a home that emphasizes the importance of female designers because of their ability to make spaces both productive and sensual. My film shows three pieces of furniture continuously transforming into an interior space. I designed the vanity, daybed and dining table based on the composition, textures, colours and materials used within the villa. Each piece of furniture further represents the home as a living organism as they are able to instigate circulation in interior spaces; where open spaces are meant to be shared and smaller rooms are intended for privacy. However, no matter how separated these spaces are, the interior and exterior spaces are all a part of the architecture of the home. As a whole, this model is meant to blend together the concept of architecture, interior and furniture design.