Villa E-1027, a modernist masterpiece by eileen gray, opens to the public

Villa E-1027, an icon of modernist architecture in eileen gray, opens to the public on the french riviera following a vast restoration project. located on the rugged coast of roquebrune-cap-martin, the two-story house was first designed and built between 1926 and 1929 and is widely regarded as the masterpiece of the irish architect and furniture designer . since 2014, an international team of experts led by modern association cap has meticulously restored the building to its original condition.

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E-1027 had a colorful past. its name represents its creator, eileen gray, and the architect jean badovici, who was at the time gray’s companion and the owner of the property. “E” means eileen, “10” represents the letter J for jean, then “2” is B for badovici and “7” means G for gray.

eileen gray's modernist masterpiece villa E-1027 opens to the public after a € 5.5 million restoration

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gray and badovici went their separate ways just two years after the completion of E-1027. badovici continued to live in the coastal retreat and in the late 1930s he invited his friend, Le Corbusier, to stay. While staying as a guest in 1938 and 1939, the French architect painted a total of seven brightly colored murals on the villa’s pure white walls, much to Gray’s anger.

badovici remained the owner of the house until his death in 1956. E-1027 was then gutted from its furniture and left to slowly degrade over time.

eileen gray's modernist masterpiece villa E-1027 opens to the public after a € 5.5 million restoration

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Almost a century after its initial design, the concrete structure was reinforced to prevent future corrosion, which was a significant risk due to the coastal position of the property. the fixed and adapted furniture has also been meticulously recreated after studying Gray’s drawings and old photographs of the house. E-1027’s furniture was all designed by gray, incorporating smart design solutions to optimize space. gray said, “Everyone, even in a small house, needs to feel free and independent. they must have the feeling of being alone.

eileen gray's modernist masterpiece villa E-1027 opens to the public after a € 5.5 million restoration

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the restoration of villa E-1027 is now complete as well as the whole of the Cap Moderne site, which includes the cabanon du corbusier and the camping units, and the restaurant l’etoile de mer, as well as the reception center located near roquebrune-cap -gare martin. the villa is now open to guided tours. it is also planned to develop the modern cap site with a study center for researchers and academics.

eileen gray's modernist masterpiece villa E-1027 opens to the public after a € 5.5 million restoration

image © manuel bougot

‘restoring the villa to its 1929 condition was a labor of love for all of us who worked on the project, and the effect is truly indicative of the genius of eileen gray and a wonderfully vibrant contrast to the surprisingly intimate Le Corbusier buildings next door. magical and unique: come and see for yourselves… ‘ says michael likierman, president of the association cap moderne.

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