Eileen Gray | Slight yet Substantial

Eileen Gray was born on the 9th of August, 1878  to Eveleen Pounden and James Maclaren Gray, a wealthy family of south-eastern Ireland. She was the youngest of five children. Eileen’s father was a painter who encouraged his daughter’s artistic interests. He took his daughter on painting tours of Italy and Switzerland which encouraged her independent and somewhat rebellious spirit.

When 22 years old, her father died. She went to a world’s fair in Paris where Art Nouveau was the main style, Gray was a fan of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose work was on exhibit. Gray would go on to study art in Paris, at the Académie Julian and Académie Colarossi.

After moving to London, Gray came across a lacquer repair shop in Soho where she asked the shop owner, Mr. D. Charles, to show her the fundamentals of his work. She later returned to Paris and met one of her employer’s former contacts, Seizo Sugawara. He originated from an area of Japan that was known for its decorative lacquer work.

Sugawara emigrated to Paris to repair the lacquer work exhibited in L’Exposition Universelle. She found after working with Sugawara for four years that she had developed the lacquer disease on her hands, she persisted though it was not until she was thirty-five when she finally exhibited her work.

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CASSINA products in store now – Masters and Contemporary collection


Long awaited, CASSINA has finally arrived at Inform Interiors.

Striving to offer the best in contemporary furniture, we work to present collections with true design merit. Few companies come close to showcasing such a strong product collection and design history as Cassina.

First established in Meda (Milano) 1927, they are the authorized producers of timeless Masters such as Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Gerrit Rietveld; Cassina continues to add beautiful new pieces to their already impressive selection by renewing their line with edgy works by provocateur Philippe Starck and the clean minimal lines of Piero Lissoni. The factories of Cassina are hard at work creating immaculate products for commercial and residential projects.


See in store for stock and pricing

Cassina Sofa’s and Armchairs Catalogue – here
Cassina Tables and Chairs Catalogue – here

Cassina the History here

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