Maria Pergay (1930 – )
Maria Pergay was born in 1930 in Moldavia, which she fled for Paris in 1937.
In the 1950s, she started her career by creating windows for the shoemaker Durer. She got noticed that way and many brands started working with her like Dior, Hugonet and Hermès.
Soon, she opened a shop on the Place des Vosges, in the heart of the Marais, where she sold her designs mixed with antiques and Asian art.
In the 1960s and 1970s, she was always at the forefront of contemporary design, through her use she of stainless steel, bending and working this new material in unprecendented ways.
She also worked on numerous private projects in the United States, Morocco, Russia and Saudi Arabia. She designed the palace of the Saudi royal family, along with many villas.