Eileen Gray Chairs
Eileen Gray was born in 1878 and died in 1976 therefore living to the age of 98. She was born in Ireland and was a pivotal member of the 20th Century's Modern Architecture Movement that helped to breath new life into traditional architecture and industrial design. Gray actually spent the majority of her life residing in France and some of her most renowned projects were borne to fruition there. One of Eileen Gray's most easily recognisable furniture designs is that of the Bibendum chair. Strikingly different in visual appearance the chair was modelled on the actual Michelin man used by the Pirelli company to advertise their range of tyres and automotive products. The 'bubbled' and padded strips of leather have the appearance of almost floating and hugging the user as they sit in the rounded shape of the chair. The bibendum therefore is a significant piece of the 20th century's furniture hall of fame and is as modern today as the time it was created. Our superb modern reproduction versions use the original design specifications in every way and use modern manufacturing techniques to ensure a high quality product.