Today's session in the program Collecting Design was devoted to French design of the 60s and 70s, when stainless steel became almost a national material for French design. It was a material that suggested the spirit of the moment and the futuristic aesthetics that this generation of designers sought to achieve. Stainless steel furniture meant for the high end of the market and was luxurious, created by such designers as Maria Pergay and Guy de Rougemount who created “artistic” furniture, where function was secondary to form. They were not industrial designers and did not seek to having their work mass-produced, but rather envisioned exclusive objects that were technically sophisticated for spectacular interiors. They survived wartime and were filled with enthusiasm for renewal.