When Maria Pergay first showed her stainless steel furniture in 1968 at Galerie Maison Jardin in Paris, it was sensational. The choice of the material that has since become synonymous with Pergay’s work suggested the spirit of the moment and the futuristic aesthetics representing the Space Age. In 1967, French leading steel manufacturer Uginox approached five designers to help stimulate an interest in the use of stainless steel in interior design. The five included Francois Monnet, Francoise See, Jacques Charpentier, Michel Boyer, and Maria Pergay. While all of them created revolutionary furniture, carving a new path in modern design, it was Pergay who achieved the majority of success; the photo of Brigitte Bardot on her Flying Carpet daybed came to capture Space-Age design and the imagination of design lovers worldwide.
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