CatumaAfter the capsule collection inspired by the feminine genius of Frida Kahlo and Elsa SchiaparelliThis time honors the pioneering modernist Eileen Gray.
Another strong woman, who with her being, her art, her going beyond the boundaries of the ordinary, has changed history. His architecture and design projects carried out in the 900s, at the turn of the Art Nouveau era and modernism, have formed a bridge between past and future, profoundly influencing the Catuma brand, whose style is a mix of craftsmanship, history and innovation.
Catuma dedicates her capsule collection, named after the villa itself, to her first architectural project, the famous villa on the Côte d'Azur, which Gray conceived together with her partner at the time, the architect Jean Badovici. E-1027.
The name of the project, apparently cold and aseptic, is actually a declaration of love: the E stands for Eileen, 10 for the J of Jean (tenth letter of the alphabet), 2 is the B of Badovici, 7 the G by Gray. The white house "au bord de la mer" is a riot of rounded shapes, volutes and tubular steel, with a recurring element, the circle, declined in the spiral, or in hemispheres, shown in the design of the famous Bibendum armchair and the E1027 coffee table , always designed by Gray and become must of modern design.
The circle, the steel, the attention to detail, geometric perfection, are elements that we find in the model Catuma "E- 1027 - Tribute to Eileen Gray". A specimen produced in only 100 pieces, made of steel, gold leaf and cork.
The round front is made dynamic by a play of full and empty spaces given by decorative steel scrolls, masterfully integrated with cork and gold leaf inserts. The temple tips are in purple acetate to adapt perfectly to any face.
Asymmetries that hypnotize the gaze through their elegance. Unique lenses and decorations, expertly made, with the same attention to detail that Eileen Gray has dedicated in the creation of every single corner of the house that has bewitched even Le Corbusier, who "disfigured" it by covering the immaculate walls with murals.
The Eileen Gray capsule collection is a sumptuous preview of the "ArTchitecture" collection that Catuma will present on the occasion of MIDO 2016.