Design Objects - The Transat Armchair (about 1924)

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As soon as she arrived in Paris, the Irish designer Eileen Gray draws her interest in the pure geometry forms of Holland movement called “De Stijl.” She designed for herself a modernistic house, right on the Mediterranean coast, at Roquebrune, and called it “E-1027”. For this house, she created several furniture pieces, among which was the armchair TRANSAT

This model is shaping the sitting of a ship deck (in French called “transatlantique”, wherefrom is the name) and infuses the characteristics of a popular style Art Dèco of that period with the functionality of a Bauhaus and De Stijl, enhanced by the rectangular structure. The frame, made of lacquered wood, gives the illusion several layers. The headrest is adjustable, has a reclining sitting, can be lowered, and suspended to the wood lacquered structure. 

For the Transat of E-1027, Gray used leather and black lacquer, although in her Parisian workshop, “La Galerie Jean Dèsert” were exposed for sale in other colors. The design was patented in 1930, but only in 1986, this armchair Transat gained international recognition and loved thanks to the reproductions released by Ecart International

A great designer piece for modern, minimalistic and loft-style interiors!

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