Eileen Gray style side table (vintage)
Designer: Eileen Gray
Director: Ridley Scott
Alien Covenant opens with Weyland Corp’s synthetic David (played by Michael Fassbender, who also plays Covenant’s new synthetic – Walter) sitting in a distinctive Carlo Bugatti Throne chair next to an Eileen Gray E1027 Side Table.
It’s fascinating that the Alien: Covenant film set decorator chose the Eileen Gray side table – a classic piece of furniture design which has the very essence of modernism embodied in it’s tubular steel base and glass top – to place next to such a highly decorated and exotic chair. Both completely different styles, yet both seek to push the boundaries of design and creativity.
The table’s cleverly proportioned, distinctive form has made this height-adjustable table into one of the most popular design icons of the 20th Century. It is named after the summer house E 1027, Maison en Bord de Mer at Roquebrune Cap Martin, that Eileen Gray built for herself and for her collaborator, Jean Badovici. Likewise, the secret code-name comes from her: E is for Eileen, 10 for Jean (J is the 10th letter of the alphabet), 2 for B(adovici) and 7 for G(ray).