The interiors and furnishings of this masterpiece of architectural modernism will be restored with voluntary donations from fans of the design legend
October 25, 2018
A crowdfunding campaign has been announced to raise funds for the restoration of the modernist villa E-1027 Eileen Gray, located in the south of France. After many years of neglect and restoration of supporting structures, in 2015 the legendary building was opened to the public. Strengthening the structure saved the 1927 house from the threat of impending destruction. The purpose of the new restoration is to restore unique interiors and designer furniture created by designer Eileen Gray. Built-in and freestanding furnishings are planned to be restored using Grey's original materials and techniques.
The legendary designer and architect Eileen Gray, who stood at the origins of modernism, became one of the first women to invade the male architectural Olympus in the first half of the 20th century. Villa E-1027, Eileen Gray's first and most famous building, was designed and built by her for her then lover, Jean Badovici. An émigré from Bucharest, an architect and journalist living a bohemian lifestyle in Paris, became the companion of the British aristocrat Gray in the 1920s, inspiring her to create an architectural masterpiece that was later recognized as a symbol of modernism.
Badovichi was much younger than Gray and had a passion for secular entertainment. Especially for him, Eileen designed a unique alcove dining room, where all the necessary fixtures for the bar, wine storage and cocktail preparation were located in one thoughtful system. A folding convertible console table turned the corridor into a bar, and a custom-made pull-out tray for a sliced lemon was at arm's length. Unfortunately, today there is no original furniture in the atmosphere, the exposition is presented by modern replicas of historical samples. For the upcoming restoration of the authentic furnishings, it is planned to use preserved furniture designed by Eileen Gray in the 1920s, her drawings and drawings, as well as photos taken at Villa E-1027, kept in museums and private collections around the world.
< img data-src="/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/e70f198314017ea9201ea347c77e5ed8.jpg" />A commemorative bust of Eileen Gray, by contemporary sculptor Vera Klute, has recently been installed on the terrace of Villa E-1027 overlooking the sea
Today, excursions to Villa E-1027 are guided tours for groups of 12 people. The story about the history of the house is accompanied by a demonstration of archival photos showing what the original interior looked like. The planned renovation will help breathe new life into the interior and bring back the original spirit and character of the home that Eileen Gray envisioned. =”/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/d5e5d4378b8396dea29d32a42571267d.jpg” width=”728″ height=”485″ class=”lazy-image__image _align-center” data-v-64ca9b5a=”1″ alt=”Started fundraising for the restoration of the villa Eileen Gray (photo 7)” />
“Eileen Gray was extremely meticulous and precise in her choice of materials, textures and colors for each piece,” says Michael Lickerman, director of Cap Moderne, a nonprofit organization that has been preserving Villa E-1027 to the public since 2014. “Our mission is to recreate with the utmost precision, carefully resurrecting details that reflect the design genius of the great Eileen Gray.” >
After Eileen Gray parted ways with Jean Badovici in 1932 and left the villa, the building went through turbulent and difficult times. During the Second World War, the house was used by German soldiers as a shooting range, and in the 1990s it even became a murder scene. Having survived the decline after oblivion, in 2014 the almost destroyed symbol of modernism received a chance for revival. Thanks to the joint efforts of Cap Moderne enthusiasts and the Conservatoire du Littoral association, Villa E-1027 was saved from destruction. Since 2015, the architectural masterpiece has been open to the public. Excursions are held from May to October, and the number of those who wish is growing every year.
This month, creators and enthusiasts from all over the world are joining forces to raise funds to revive an architectural masterpiece. Activists promoting the E-1027 revival fundraising campaign include renowned British designer Faye Toogood and French photographer François Halard. Toogood and Alard have created an exclusive series of images of Villa E-1027 that will be offered as a reward to members of the company who have invested their money in the restoration of Villa E-1027. The fundraising campaign is scheduled to end on November 10, 2018.