Eileen Gray
In the 1920's and 30's, Irish artist Eileen Gray was one of the pioneers who created what we now call modern design. The lone woman amongst her peers, her name is spoken in the same breath as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Marcel Breuer. Her tubular steel furniture was revolutionary in its day, and is now accepted as classic. In the second stage of her creative career, Eileen Gray switched to architecture and continued producing masterpieces. Her career culminated in 1972 with her appointment by the Royal Society of Art in London, as Royal Designer to Industry. Her legendary Adjustable Table E 1027 was added to the MoMA’s permanent collection in 1978.