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eileen gray - invitation to a voyage

eileen gray (1878-1976) was a lacquerwork artist, architect, interior and furniture designer. born in ireland into an aristocratic british family, she fled her life of privilege to settle in paris in 1907, where she lived for over 70 years. at her birth queen victoria was on the throne, and when she died men walked on the moon. her extraordinary life spanned a century, and she knew the leading architects and designers of her time. this film depicts the artistic world of paris in the early years of the last century with its important exhibitions that determined the style for decades to come. wildly independent and solitary, stubborn and single-minded, eileen gray broke all the rules. initially close to the art deco movement, she later developed an increasingly refined and spare style. today she is considered one of the 20th century's greatest designers and architects, mentioned in the same breath as le corbusier, marcel breuer and mies van der rohe. her legendary house of roquebrune in the south of france, e-1027, is considered one of the most interesting examples of modern architecture. her furniture, including the bibendum and transat armchairs and small tubular sidetable, is now part of the collections of leading museums, and purchased by collectors at record prices.

director jörg bundschuh

camera roland wagner

production company kick-film gmbh

locations france, england, ireland

length 60 min.

rte/avro

2006

 

awards

award for best portrait, fifa montreal 2008

 

festival screenings

festival of films on art montreal 2008