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Bibendum Armchair by Eileen Gray: Soft and Comfort Space

The bibendum armchair by eileen gray is one of the most important object in the modern design history: and this because its style, really unique and particular, impossible to found in other works, and also for the artistic history of its creator. Eileen Gray was one of the most polyhedral artist in her generation and one of the first women to occupy an important place in design and architecture history.

And the Bibendum armchair by Eileen gray was in the passage point for the Irish designer from figurative arts (in this field Eileen Gray was one of the best until that moment) to more practical arts, like design and architecture. In these fields Eileen Gray worked during the years of her artistic ripeness.

Born in 1878, Eileen Gray was the youngest of five children of a wealthy Scots–Irish family. This privileged background allowed her to travel frequently and to attend prestigious private art schools in London and Paris. Nevertheless, because she was a woman, not even her advantageous upbringing and notable life experiences granted her access to important professional networks.

During most of her long life, she remained formally disassociated from prevalent art movements and design groups, in which almost all of the leading members were men. In her twenties, Gray made Paris her permanent home, and it remained so until her death in 1976.

Indeed the Bibendum armchair by Eileen Gray was projected and realized for the house of the stylist Suzanne Talbot, that was in Rue Lota, in Paris. It was the first work for Eileen Gray like a designer: in this work she doesn’t make only the decorations for the rooms (one of her principal activities until that moment) , but also to projecting and realizing the furniture and the architectonic solutions of the apartment.

And the Bibendum armchair by Eileen gray, along with the day bed and the Lota sofa (others important works in the production of the Irish designer) were realized for this house and became an icon of modern art in furniture and architecture.

In 1926, at a time when primarily male designers and architects were authenticating their leading positions by introducing modern furniture pieces that later became influential icons, Eileen Gray gave us the curvaceous and inviting Bibendum chair. Curiously, Gray named it after a voluptuous male figure: the legendary Bibendum man. The shapely body of this friendly character, created in the late 19th century for the Michelin Company, was perhaps to Gray evocative of the female figures depicted in Renaissance paintings.

The Bibendum chair spoke the modern design language fluently: it was a fresh interpretation of the machine aesthetics advocated by Le Corbusier, and it embodied the whiteness and geometric purity of Deutsche Werkbund’s Weissenhofsiedlung and the industrially produced materials used by Bauhaus designers.

If you choose the Bibendum armchair by Eileen Gray for your home or office, you will find not only a comfortable armchair, made with the best materials, but also an unique object in the history furniture, an armchair with a singular shape and a great elegance.
 

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