Maria Pergay is exhibiting the Wonder Room powered by Demisch Danant in New York from November 17, 2016 – February 11, 2017.
Born in Moldavia, Maria Pergay opened her first shop in the Place des Vosges in 1960 and designed small objects in silver and special pieces on commission for fashion houses including Christian Dior and Jacques Heim. In 1968, Maria Pergay presented her first collection of stainless steel furniture at Galerie Maison et Jardin, including the now-iconic Flying Carpet Daybed (1968) and Tambour Table (1968). This seminal exhibition established Pergay as one of the most innovative French furniture designers of her time, a visionary who almost single-handedly transformed stainless steel from a commercial industrial material into a principal component of modern furniture.
Pergay has exhibited and has embarked upon significant commissions for Pierre Cardin, the World Trade Center in Brussels, the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia, and other esteemed clients. In her 86th year, after a half-century of creation, Pergay continues to surprise both herself and her collectors.
Wonder rooms, or cabinets of curiosities, emerged in mid-16th century Europe as displays in cabinets and vitrines with multiple compartments. These repositories were filled with all types of natural specimens, art, and rare treasures in combinations intended to inspire wonder and stimulate creative thought. Much like modern day museums, wonder rooms told stories about a collector’s passion not only for objects but also for exploration and for collecting itself. For her latest exhibition, Maria Pergay has designed five new works, each its own veritable wonder room.
In the grouping of these works, Demisch Danant itself becomes a wonder room of precious objects. Among the highlights of the show is Pergay’s pair of Cabinet Borgia (2016), powerful functional works reminiscent of Renaissance furniture.
See more of Maria’s work HERE!