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The Nonconformist Chair by Eileen Gray
The Nonconformist Chair by Eileen Gray

The Nonconformist Chair by Eileen Gray

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Another popular Modernist from the 1920s and 1930s was Eileen Gray. Trained as an architect, Gray opened a design workshop in Paris, where she created carpets, wall hangings, screens, and enormously popular laquerwork.

The Nonconformist Chair by Eileen Gray has only one armrest. It is designed to accommodate the owner's favorite resting position.

Modernists believed that the shape of furniture should be determined by its function and by the materials used. They stripped furniture down to its basic elements, using a minimum of parts and eschewing ornamentation of any kind. Even color is avoided. Made of metal and other other high tech materials, Modernist furniture is black, white, and gray.

 

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