Gray matters

Editorial Staff Exhibitions, Furniture & Decorative Arts

Recent films, exhibitions, and books re-establish Eileen Gray’s reputation and start to set the record straight   History was made at the Grand Palais in Paris on February 24, 2009, when lot 276 in Christie’s sale of the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé was hammered down. In the midst of an economic recession, Eileen Gray’s Dragons armchair …

Top Lots: 2009 Year in Review

Editorial Staff Art

TOP WARHOLWhat: 200 One Dollar Bills by Andy Warhol, 1962Where: Sotheby’s New York (November 11, Contemporary Art Evening Sale)Estimate: $8-12 millionSold For: $43.7 million A large-scale masterpiece from Warhol’s first series of silkscreened paintings, 200 One Dollar Bills was also from the artist’s second earliest group of serial works. Originally from the collection of Robert and Ethel Scull, the work …

Eat, sleep and live design at London’s Boundary Hotel

Editorial Staff Furniture & Decorative Arts

Have you ever dreamed about spending a night inside the Eames Case Study House or a Charlotte Perriand-designed boudoir? The Boundary Hotel, which opened this past January in East London’s Shoreditch neighborhood lets visitors do just that. Designed under the direction of Terence Conran and his studio, Conran & Partners, the Boundary was transformed from a Victorian-era warehouse into a …

Documentary glimpse at Eileen Gray

Editorial Staff

As part of women’s history month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is showing the documentary, Eileen Gray – Invitation to a Voyage (2006),  tomorrow (March 26, 2 pm). Directed by Jörg Bundshul, Invitation to a Voyage was included last year in the 26th Montreal International Festival of Films (FIFA) series on art. In the film, Bundshul gives a profile of …

Instant Symposium: Eileen Gray’s Dragons chair, a new design icon?

Editorial Staff

With the extraordinary sale of the Eileen Gray Dragons chair for $28.3 million at the YSL-Bergé auctions last week, we asked a group of dealers, curators, and other 20th century design experts for their reactions. Here are some of their comments:Liz O’Brien/ Liz O’Brien, New York CityI was thrilled with the result. Everyone expected the Gray pieces to sell well, …

Thrilling Results at YSL-Bergé Sale

Editorial Staff

Attending the historic three-day series of sales of the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé was always going to be an extraordinary experience.  And it was. Imagine queues lasting five hours for the public preview, which saw over 30,000 people waiting to get in.  In the rain.  Imagine holding a huge sale with an audience of 1500 under …

Eileen Gray Designs Poised to Set Auction Records

Editorial Staff

While the most iconic designs by Eileen Gray (1878-1976) are those that have been reproduced for decades—the black lacquer brick screen in MoMA’s collection or the circular chrome side table presently offered by Design Within Reach—the idiosyncratic architect and designer was also responsible for other unique and visionary examples of modernist design. Today, as part of the sale of the …