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Eileen Gray – Modernist Designer

Designer of the ‘Lota Sofa’ C.1924, Eileen Gray a.k.a. Kathleen Eileen Moray Smith (1878-1976)

Lota Sofa

THE DESIGN WORLD IS FULL OF PIRATES

Recently, I saw a copy of Eileen Gray’s, a.k.a. Kathleen Eileen Moray Smith (1878-1976), iconic modernist’s “Lota Sofa” (C.1924), for sale on Alibaba.

It remains cost-efficient in manufacturing and affordable to the average person. The only thing I lacked, before I bought one, is the confidence that I would buy a product that reflects the construction methods of the era in which it was initially produced. Now I know technology marches on and there is always a better way to do things but is all progress for the better? ‘Luddites’ I hear some say!

Luddites, in this day and age, are called Conservative Greenies who eat organic food, wear second-hand clothing and ‘God Forbid’, Vegans!

Is there any quantifiable evidence that one philosophy of consumption is necessarily better than another? I really don’t know, other than use less, waste less, consume with the best knowledge you have, look at your consumptions life cycle and try not to mortgage the Planet’s future.

Getting back to Pirates, could appropriating other peoples expired intellectual property be the ultimate in recycling. Eileen’s couch is as fresh as the day of the first inception. It requires little technology to produce and minimal materials. Anyone with skill in furniture manufacturing could build these, acting locally and thinking globally, while contributing to the credit this design should have for paving the way for all ‘Modern’ lounge design.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eileen_Gray

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