Maria Pergay is a Paris based designer known for her innovative use of stainless steel. Born in Romania of Russian-Jewish descent, Pergay escaped to Paris with her mother at age six at the onset of WWII. After the war, Pergay studied costume, set design, and sculpture, and opened a shop in Paris’s Place des Vosges to sell her decorative silver objects. Upon a commission to work with steel, Pergay began to create her now iconic stainless steel furniture, with her first collection including the renowned Flying Carpet daybed (1968) and the Ring chair (1970).
Maria Pergay’s first collection of stainless steel furniture was exhibited in 1968 at Galerie Maison Jardin. Her success was instant, and Maria was quickly sought after by sophisticated collectors for private commissions.
Pergay went on to design palace interiors for Saudi Arabia’s Royal family and furniture for fashion designer Pierre Cardin, continually evolving her stainless steel designs and incorporating lacquer, wood, and mother-of-pearl.
Maria have already designed for the biggest names of Design like Fendi, participating in several design fairs.In her 83rd year, after a half century of creation, Pergay continues to surprise both herself and her collectors.