The third instalment of the event In Conversation with Eileen Gray screening and Q&A, took place on May 11th at the Royal College of Art in Kensington. The discussion panel was hosted by Dr. Nick de Leon from the RCA, Philippe Garner; an Eileen Gray expert and art dealer, and Andrew Hodgkinson whose interview led to the film.
Andrew Hodgkinson interviewed the now-revered designer in 1973, having a relaxed conversation about her creative development and career. Gray is modest and seemingly unengaged with her design prestige, which was slowly growing in her later years, instead being more excited about what would come next. This is revealing of her character and focus.
The recorded interview has been compiled into a short film, directed by Michael Pitiot and is only available to watch in person, at these events. Further screenings are being organised in Europe for 2022/23.
Eileen Gray was Ireland’s greatest designer and architect of the 20th century. Hugely accomplished in a wide variety of mediums she created lacquered and tubular steel furniture, lighting, decorative rugs, interiors and architecture, including her modernist villa – E1027 in the South of France at Roquebrune. E1027 has recently been fully restored and is open to the public.