On the other side of the bay from Monaco, there is an outstanding cultural and natural site now known as Cap Moderne and consisting of Eileen Gray’s villa E-1027, Le Corbusier’s Cabanon and Holiday Cabins, and the bar-restaurant Etoile de Mer!
A veritable icon of modernist architecture, villa E-1027, Eileen Gray’s first architectural creation, testifies to the thought and attention that she put into every detail of the design. It is tantamount to a manifesto both for its architecture and for the fixed and free-standing furniture, lamps and decorations that are inseparable from it. Eileen spent three whole years designing the furniture and working with her partner Jean Badovici on the plans.
With its panoramic terrace overlooking the sea, its trellis, reed screening, bar and terraced garden, the Etoile de Mer is a perfect example of the art of living of the humble cottage dweller on the Mediterranean.
A native of the Swiss Jura, Le Corbusier loved the Mediterranean, the light, the landscapes where great civilizations had emerged, and the rural architecture. The Cabanon bears witness to these ancient roots, and the architect, who was to die in the waves off Cabbé beach on 27 August 1965, now lies at rest in Roquebrune cemetery.