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Described by the Irish Times as Ireland’s most famous furniture designer, Eileen Gray was born forty years before women in the UK gained the right to vote. She designed the world’s most expensive chair; shook up the Société des Artistes Français with her Avant Garde designs; mixed with Paris’ wealthy and intellectual set during Les Années Folles; flouted gender norms and was openly bi-sexual and became a successful designer, architect and business woman, despite having no formal training. Designer of the iconic E1027 side table and home and Transat chair, Eileen Gray forged a truly outstanding career from the elaborately ornate to pioneering modernist design.
You may have come across the name V. B. Wilkins whilst shopping online for vintage G-Plan furniture. You may even have a Fresco nest of tables in your lounge that started life on his drawing board way back in the 1960s. But who was Victor Wilkins, the man behind the enduring G-Plan Fresco range?