One of the most important designers and architects of the 20th century, Eileen Gray (1878-1976) wielded enormous influence - though often unacknowledged, especially during her lifetime - in a field largely male dominated. Today, her original furniture sells for dizzying sums and her iconic designs, including the luxurious Bibendum chair and the refined yet functional E.1027 table are renowned throughout the world. The author met Eileen Gray when she was 82 years old and they were friends for years. Here Peter Adams recounts many personal memories and retraces the struggles of a life that still fascinates: from aristocratic beginnings in Ireland, through the extravagance of Art Deco-era Paris, relationships with lovers, and the productive years in southern France. He reveals fresh details about Eileen Gray's largely overlooked paintings, tense exchanges with Le Corbusier: and the fate of E.1207, her iconic home that set a new standard for radically modernist living.