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Eileen Gray Jean Table

Product number: CF392

Dining table or office table, table top laminate foldable, tubular steel frame high-gloss chrome-plated

967,00 €

  • 30 days right of return
  • 5 years warranty
  • Certified EU-source materials
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Payment cash on delivery
  • Online trading since 1996

Eileen Gray Jean Table

Eileen Gray designed the Jean table in 1929 for the gallery of Jean Dèsert in Paris. Hence the derivation of the name Jean table.

This practical folding table was far ahead of its time. With its ingenious folding mechanism, the table was a real innovation.

Its table surface can be doubled in size with a flick of the wrist. The double top of the Jean table is unfolded and moved so that its full length rests centrally within the table frame.  

The Eileen Gray Jean table can therefore adapt to its space requirements and it found use at the time in appropriate numbers. Gray's table model is suitable for use as a dining room table, a desk or even as a side table.

Since the Gray's encounter with the Dutch de Stijl movement, Eileen Gray pursued a strict and matter-of-fact modern line that did not sacrifice elegance. Many of her designs were cleverly thought out because they were changeable and could be used in many different ways. The Jean table is its best example.

The Eileen Gray table can be ordered with a table top and edge in laminate black. Or table top in white laminated with table edge in white or optionally in laminated beech.

Especially the last mentioned version of the Jean-T table - table edge beech laminated - gives the table an additional elegant touch that we would like to recommend.

Article facts about the Eileen Gray Jean table

- High quality chromed tubular steel frame
- MDF wood top, laminated surface
- 100% handmade in Italy.

The Eileen Gray Jean table is delivered in a wooden transport box which is included in the final price.
Table top available in laminate WHITE or BLACK. Please specify when ordering. (See pull down menu).

Like all our furniture, the Eileen Gray Jean table is handmade in select italian workshops.

- Height approx. 72 cm (2'4'') x width approx. 64 / 128 cm (2'1'' / 4'2'') x depth approx. 64 cm (2'1'')

Due to the special situation (pandemic, etc.), the production time of the Eileen Gray Jean table is at about 10 weeks. In addition, about 5 to 9 working days for delivery. Depending on the destination. (As of February 2022)

Convincing design
This table´s design convinces with its aesthetics, function and timeless appearance. Form and function were ahead of time, as with many of Gray's furniture designs..

Not just simply copied
Our furniture is not simply copied. They are subject to the highest quality standards using the most modern manufacturing techniques. The result is a very durable product which will give you pleasure for many years over and over.

Craftsmanship from Tuscany
Tuscan craftsmanship made in Italy and many years of experience guarantee the highest quality finish on the Eileen Gray Jean Table. Nothing is more unaesthetic than a cheap copy that reveals itself as such at first sight.

More about the designer
Eileen Gray, born on 09.08.1878 in Brwonswood (Ireland) was an extraordinary woman. In what was then known as the "Children's Kitchen Church" Law period, Gray moved and went into the professional world. Her autodidactic knowledge led her to success as an interior and furniture designer, without ever having completed a degree.

The beginning
Eileen Gray's father died in 1900. At that time she had already been learning the trade of a draughtswoman at the Slade School of Fine Arts in London for two years. In 1902 Gray moved to Paris where she continued to devote herself to the arts of drawing and oriental lacquerwork.

Further Information
In 1907 Gray rented a flat at 21 rue Bonaparte, which she kept until the end of her life. In Paris, Gray met the Japanese Sugawara, who introduced her to the art of East Asian lacquer. It was not until six years later that Gray dared to show her own work at an exhibition of interior designers. Gray's works aroused the interest of the couturier Jacques Doucet - an art connoisseur and collector at the time.

The first project
Doucet was refurnishing a house at the time. The style of the interior design was to move away from 18th century art towards modernism. Eileen Gray made two tables and a screen for the Doucet house. These works were dated and signed by Gray.

Return and creative break
At the outbreak of World War 1, Eileen Gray returned to London and took up work as an ambulance driver. After the end of the First World War, Gray returned to her old place of work, Paris, reopening her workshop. Her first major commission was to design a flat in Rue de Lota of Madame Lévy, known as Suzanne Talbot.

The breakthrough
In 1922 Gray opened the Galerie Jean Désert in the Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré. There she exhibited and sold her furniture, screens and lamps. With her "bedroom-boudoir for Monte Carlo", Gray caused controversial criticism in the Paris press in 1923. Among the followers of the "de Stijl" movement, however, it was highly acclaimed. Gray received encouragement from Gropius, Le Corbusier and Mallet-Stevens. Based on this, she ventured into architecture.

Gray's creativity
With the advice of the architectural theorist Jean Badovici and after several years of learning, Gray built a house for herself in Roquebrune. Well thought out including clever interior solutions and details. The other two projects Gray designed were also convincing in their ingenuity and practicality. Further designs, however, were not realised. Until her death in 1976, Gray worked on various newly conceived projects and was always experimenting with new materials. At the age of 80, Gray converted a barn near Saint Tropez into a summer house. Shortly before her death, Eileen Gray had an exhibition of her most important works at the Museé des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. On 28.11.1976, Gray's eyes closed forever.