Design classics – Eileen Gray E1027 side table
The table was designed in 1927 for the guest bedroom at the summer-house Eileen Gray built in Cap Martin in France with her lover Jean Badovici. The table takes its name, E1027, from the house it was designed for. The E stands for Eileen, 10 equals the 10th letter of the alphabet J for Jean, 2 is the B for Badovici and 7 is the 7th letter of the alphabet G for Gray. Unfortunately the house on the coast has not fared as well as the table but is currently undergoing renovation and is due to open to visitors in September of this year. The picture below from the Design Museum archive shows an original table at the summer-house.
The beauty of the table is in the simplicity of the design. It has a very simple chrome frame with a top that is available in 3 different finishes. You can choose either clear crystal glass, grey smoked glass or black lacquered metal for the top. The height can be adjusted from 61cm up to 101cm making it a perfect table for many occasions – one in your bedroom would be perfect for those breakfast in bed moments!
When a product is still in manufacture over 80 years after it was designed you know it is a design classic. Original tables are now manufactured under licence by Aram. You can visit their store in London to see the table or also buy it online. This is one design classic I am going to start saving up!