E-1027: Rediscovering the Colours of Gray
Anglo-Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray’s Modernist masterpiece Villa E-1027 recently re-opened after an extensive restoration. Under the auspices of the Cap Moderne Association, the project has returned Villa E-1027 to its original 1929 state, meticulously re-creating the colours, textiles and furniture specified by Gray before the house was famously defaced with crude murals by LeCorbusier and subsequently fell into decline.
Gray wanted to ‘build for the human being, that he might rediscover in the architectural construction the joys of self-fulfillment in a whole that extends and completes him.’ She did this by focusing first and foremost on interiors. We look at how, drawing on Gray’s own words from a 1929 article about Villa E-1027 in L’Architecture Vivante journal.
Images courtesy of Cap Moderne Association. Photography by Manuel Bougot. L’Architecture Vivante translated here by Caroline Constant.