Maria Pergay, ‘Lit Tapis Volant / Flying Carpet Daybed’, 1968, Demisch Danant

In the spring of 1967, Pergay was approached by French steel manufacturer Ugine-Gueugnon about producing a collection of her signature objects in their brand of stainless steel. Pergay suggested that she design furniture instead. The now-iconic Flying Carpet Daybed was the first work she created in Uginox stainless steel.

Pergay presented her first collection of stainless steel furniture at Galerie Maison et Jardin in Paris in May of 1968, and again at an Uginox exhibition in 1969.

Demisch, Suzanne and Stephane Danant. Maria Pergay Complete Works 1957-2010. Bologna: Damiani, 2011. 101-104, numbered 15. Print.

About Maria Pergay

Paris-based designer Maria Pergay is known for her innovative use of stainless steel—a passion that began in the 1960s and has continued into her eighties. 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). 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.

French, b. 1930, based in Paris, France