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The origins of the famous "Transat", this cult chair

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The origins of the famous "Transat", this cult chair

Aram.co.uk / Berenice Abbott

Many design pieces become icons furnish the most beautiful design apartments in France. Among them, an armchair of absolute perfection, extreme comfort and adaptability to any type of living room, signed Eileen Gray.

We often hear "this is my favorite chair, favorite" in different homes. It is true that we all have our preferences and desires for comfort. More particularly on the chairs in the living room. Because there is only one place, and sometimes it is necessary "to fight", or to arrive first, to be able to enjoy it fully ... Close-up today on the "deck chair", an armchair become worship and famous!

Aram.co.uk / Berenice Abbott

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Who created this chair?

Eileen Gray (1878-1976). Aristocrat of Irish origin, she left London, after studying painting at the Slade School of Fine Art, to settle in Paris in 1906. She was first known for her work on lacquer, which she realized for more than twenty years, in collaboration with the Japanese Seizo Sugawara. In 1922, she opened her gallery, Jean Désert, in Paris, where she exhibited her lacquers, but also her carpets and furniture made with metal tubes. It was in this place that Eileen Gray, who was one of the first to work in chromed steel, created in 1925 its famous tubular steel table and armchair "Bibendum" in 1930.

ARAM DESIGN holds the worldwide licenses for the creations of EileenGray (pictured in 1926 in Paris) and reissues "Le Transat" (aram.co.uk).

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Where does "Transat" see the light for the first time?

In France, in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin where, with his companion Jean Badovici (1893-1956), architect and art critic of Romanian origin, they decide to build a holiday home. This will be the famous "E-1027" ("E" for Eileen, "10" for John J, tenth letter of the alphabet, "2" for Bovici B and "7" for Gray G) , like a liner. The work lasted three years, from 1926 to 1929. It is also the first architectural achievement of Eileen Gray. For this villa, she designs elegant, functional and daring furniture including "Transat" emblematic piece of Art Deco.

Why this success?

Eileen Gray has managed to create an extremely comfortable chair, whose elongated leather band, and flexibility, evokes the curvature of the chairs. Innovative and unconventional, she was inspired by the folding chairs installed on the transatlantic bridges. "Transat" is easy to mount thanks to its ten rounded nuts. Its first version, in natural wood, nickel-plated metal and leather, has a padded leather seat and a soft suspension for the seat. Other versions will be created later, for which, the natural wood will be replaced by a black lacquered wood, metal nickeled by chromed metal and black leather by white leather.

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