She proved that rather than battling the past, one can forge an alliance between the modern and the antique
1937 was the year Maria Pergay fled her native Moldavia and headed to Paris. In 1947, she enrolled in the filmmaking programme at the Insitut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (IDHEC), all the while frequenting Zadkine’s studio. In the mid 1950s one of her friends gave her the opportunity to create window dressing items for Durer’s shoe store. Her installation of large wrought iron birds in the store’s windows was a huge hit with the public and with professionals, launching her career. The likes of Dior, Hugonet, and Hermès commissioned original pieces. This was about the time that she met Dali and began collaborating with him on ‘Le Mythe du Papillon et du Feu’. She proved that rather than battling the past, one can forge an alliance between the modern and the antique.
In the mid 60s she opted for stainless steel. This new material became a source of inspiration for her. Her first collection in steel featured the Ring Chair and the Wave Bench. She designed the palace of Saudi Arabia’s royal family.
Throughout her career, Maria Pergay has created furniture, decorative items, and whole interiors, all with a knack for combining luxury, refinement, and dreamlike atmospheres. Softening stainless steel’s otherwise uncompromising lines, she turns out graceful, sensuous pieces of furniture that invite our touch and admiration.
Stainless steel coffee table with two slot-in stools
H. 47 x D. 100 cm
H. 18 ½ x D. 39 ½ in.