• DeLorenzo: Thirty Years, Eveni auction at Christies

    Sale 2499

    DeLorenzo: Thirty Years, Evening Sale

    14 December 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 44

    MARIA PERGAY (B. 1930)


    Price Realised  


    MARIA PERGAY (B. 1930)
    'Flying Carpet' An Uginox Stainless Steel Daybed, circa 1970
    with cushion; executed by Ugine-Gueugnon
    12¾ in. (32.3 cm.) high, 118¾ in. (301.7 cm.) wide, 39¼ in. (99.7 cm.) deep

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    cf. S. Demisch, Maria Pergay, Between Ideas and Design, New York, 2006, front and back cover, pp. 29, 32, 37, 140 and 142 for a similar model.

    Maria Pergay, together with designers such as Michel Boyer, Françoise Sée and Jacques Charpentier, was asked by the French steel manufacturer Ugine-Gueugnon to develop a design using their new stainless steel product Uginox. The 'Flying Carpet' daybed was the first piece Maria Pergay designed using this material, followed by the 'Ring' chair and the 'Wave' desk. With the use of stainless steel of the required extra thickness for designs that needed bending and cutting while maintaining perfect finishes, she was pushing the boundaries of steel production for design purposes at the time.

    "Copper is too fragile, aluminum too light, gold too symbolic, silver too weak, bronze is out of fashion, and platinum inaccessible. The exchanges with them don't work. You can always polish and re-polish. Steel resists and is unforgiving. If what you do to it doesn't work, you can't hide it. The work immediately reveals its flaws. Nothing is more beautiful than steel." Maria Pergay