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Selection of books about Eileen Gray available at the RIAI Bookshop

Published: Friday, March 13, 2015

To coincide with the opening of the new Eileen Gray Stills Exhibition at the Architecture Centre, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 on Thursday 19 March, the RIAI Bookshop has a selection of books about the life and work of Eileen Gray are available to purchase in the RIAI bookshop.

To place an order for any of the books below please email Brona King, Bookshop Manager, at bking@riai.ie.

Eileen Gray – Her Work and Her world


The renowned and highly influential architect, furniture-maker, interior designer and photographer Eileen Gray was born in Ireland and remained throughout her life an Irishwoman at heart.  An elusive figure, her interior world has never before been observed as closely as in this ground – breaking study of her work, philosophy and inner circle of fellow artists.

The primary source material for this book is drawn from the Eileen Gray collection at the National Museum of Ireland and its wealth of documentation, correspondence, personal archives, photographs and oral history.  Together these elements combine to forge the most definitive account of Eileen Gray’s influences, milieu and work to date.

The book is available in paperback priced €39.95 (and as an exclusive Limited Edition Hardback in Slipcase, individually numbered and signed by the author/Curator, priced €150).


The Interview – Patricia O’ Reilly


Paris, 1972. Eileen Gray’s Destiny Screen sells at auction for the highest price for a ‘modern ’antique.  After living reclusively for decades, the spotlight of the international media is trained on her.  She is adamant, she will not be interviewed.

Bruce Chatwin, rising star of Fleet Street and recently appointed to The Sunday Times magazine, charms his way into an interview.  Through the course of their conversation, they recognise parallels between their lives and a connection between their souls.

The interview is never published.  Chatwin dies in 1989, taking the secrets of what transpired between them to his grave.  In the interview, Patricia O’Reilly imagines what took place between these two fascinating and enigmatic characters.

The Interview is available in paperback priced €14.00.


Eileen Gray: Her Life and Work by Peter Adam

Eileen Gray

Peter Adam – a long-time friend of Gray’s, has had privileged access to her surviving correspondence, drawings and journals as well as her architectural sketchbooks and photographic archives.  From these sources he has built  up a full-scale picture of her eventful life, from  her aristocratic beginnings in Ireland,  to the extravagant Art Deco period in Paris, and her productive years in the south of France.  Enriched by a wealth of previously unpublished material and an extensive plates section in full colour and duotone, this volume is a mine of rare and fascinating information which reveals above all the contemporary relevance of Eileen Gray’s work.

This stunningly illustrated volume is set to be the definite biography and survey of hereventful life and groundbreaking career.

Eileen Gray Her Life and Work (hb) priced €73.00.


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