I recently spoke at the Eileen Gray symposium hosted by IMMA Dublin in association with Centre Pompidou Paris.
The symposium aimed to examine Eileen Gray’s life, work and legacy, as arguably one of the most influential woman to practise design and architecture of the modernist movement. The symposium sought to investigate the extraordinary achievements by Gray that went unrecognised until her nineties, and focused on the collaborations and friendships that most shaped her concepts of total design.
In anticipation of the public opening of the restored E1027 villa; acclaimed design historians, critics, architects, collectors, and some of Gray’s close working associates gave in depth responses on the methods, philosophy and economics of her distinctive design style, which mark a major shift in aesthetic tastes and theoretical concerns since the 20th Century.
Participating speakers included:
Peter Adam (Filmmaker and Author, Eileen Gray Her Life and Work, Thames and Hudson, 2009)
Daniel Aram (Managing Director of Aram Designs Ltd, London and worldwide License Holder of Eileen Gray designs)
Renaud Barrès (Architect and Director of CAUE, Carcassonne, France)
Beatriz Colomina (Architectural Historian and Professor of History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton University, USA)
Philippe Daniel Garner (Director of Christie’s Auctions and Sales, London)
Jennifer Goff (Curator, Eileen Gray Collection, National Museum, Collins Barracks, Dublin)
Alex Milton (Head of Design, National College of Art and Design, Dublin)
Cloé Pitiot (Curator of Design, Centre Pompidou, Paris)
Joseph Rykwert (Architectural Historian, Critic and 2014 RIBA Gold Medalist)
Ruth Starr (Lecturer, Arts of Japan in the History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin)
Shane O’Toole (Architect, Historian, Writer and Campaigner for threatened buildings)
Chairperson: Kathleen James-Chakraborty (Professor of Art History, University College Dublin)
For a full symposium programme on speakers and topics visit http://www.imma.ie