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Design for Transat Chair, 1927. Side elevation and plan, scale 1:5.

Design
1927 (made)
Artist/Maker

This is a prime example of Eileen Gray's distinctive sharp and linear drawing style. It emphasises the straight lines of hte chair frame, which forms a contrast with the curve of the seat. The rigid lacquer frame, with chromed-steel fittings and padded leather seat, were distinctively Modern. Influenced by Mies van der Rohe's chrome-plated metal of chair of 1927, which was something of a revelation with its cantilvered floating seaet, Gray was one of the first designers to use chrome-plated metal.

As a practising architect, Gray was interested in developing the ideal Minimal Dwelling and was concerned that furniture should be flexible and convenient for the small urban home. As such, the 'Transat' could easily be folded and stored out of the way when not in use.


Object details

Category
Object type
TitleDesign for Transat Chair, 1927. Side elevation and plan, scale 1:5. (generic title)
Materials and techniques
pencil
Brief description
Design for Transat Chair by Eileen Gray. 1927.
Physical description
Design for Transat Chair. 1927. Side elevation and plan, scale 1:5. Pencil.
Dimensions
  • Height: 26.8cm
  • Width: 21.1cm
Credit line
Given by Prunella Clough
Object history
Eileen Gray continued developing her designs all her life and many of her drawings are reworkings and extensions of her original ideas of the 1920s and 1930s. This, combined with her frequest re-use of old paper, makes dating of many of the designs very tentative. See Stewart Johnson Eileen Gray: Designer 1879-1976, 1978. There are architectural drawings by the artist in the Archive of Art and Design.
Subject depicted
Summary
This is a prime example of Eileen Gray's distinctive sharp and linear drawing style. It emphasises the straight lines of hte chair frame, which forms a contrast with the curve of the seat. The rigid lacquer frame, with chromed-steel fittings and padded leather seat, were distinctively Modern. Influenced by Mies van der Rohe's chrome-plated metal of chair of 1927, which was something of a revelation with its cantilvered floating seaet, Gray was one of the first designers to use chrome-plated metal.

As a practising architect, Gray was interested in developing the ideal Minimal Dwelling and was concerned that furniture should be flexible and convenient for the small urban home. As such, the 'Transat' could easily be folded and stored out of the way when not in use.
Associated object
CIRC.578-1971 (Object)
Collection
Accession number
E.1130-1983

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Record createdSeptember 8, 2008
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