(1930 - )
Maria Pergay's first collection of stainless steel furniture, including the Ring Chair and the Flying Carpet Daybed, was exhibited in 1968 at Galerie Maison Jardin, under the direction of decorator Jean Dive. Her success was instant, and Maria was quickly sought after by sophisticated collectors for private commissions.
In the 1970s Pergay went on to work in Saudi Arabia where she designed palace interiors for the royal family. In the late 1980s through the 1990s, Pergay worked on several important commissions in Russia. Throughout these years, she continued to pursue her innovative work in stainless steel.
Since her groundbreaking show of new work in 2006, Pergay has exhibited internationally, including Paris, Korea and London. She has also focused on private commissions and worked with Demisch Danant on her catalogue raisonné, which was released in 2011. In her 85rd year, after a half century of creation, Pergay continues to surprise both herself and her collectors. She resides in Paris.