An open air candlelight dinner with views of the Monaco Fireworks Festival is being organised in the grounds of Eileen Gray’s iconic villa E-1027 in Roquebrune Cap Martin. The evenings will not only celebrate the 90 year anniversary of the modernist villa, it will also help raise important funds for the property’s survival.
E-1027 was designed and built from 1926-29 by the Irish architect and furniture designer Eileen Gray and her partner Jean Badovici. It was, in fact, her first architectural creation and is considered a veritable icon of modernist architecture.
The villa was ill treated by its successive owners, one of whom was murdered in the property. It was emptied of its furniture and was in a severely degraded condition when it was bought by the Conservatoire du littoral in 1999.
Since then it has undergone major restoration work, not only on the structure of the building but also the internal fittings, to recreate the fixed and free-standing furnishings that Gray designed for the house.
Another iconic aspect of the villa is the contribution, albeit unwanted by Gray, of French artist Le Corbusier, who in April 1938 painted two murals in the villa, and returned the following year to paint another five. While three have disappeared, those that have been preserved have since been restored or are under restoration.
Cap Modern is organising four elegant evenings to raise funds for the ongoing maintenance of E-1027, on 20th and 27th July, and 3rd and 10th August. It includes a guided visit of the villa, followed by a cocktail with music and a dinner served with fine wines.
Tickets cost 190€ each, of which 100€ is a contribution to the Restoration Fund and therefore tax deductible.