21st November - 21st December 2018
David Gill Gallery
2-4 King Street
St. James's, London
Now in her 88th year David Gill Gallery celebrated the work of French furniture designer Maria Pergay with a survey of some of her most iconic works.
The inaugural exhibition centred around Pergay’s renowned use of stainless steel, which she began exploring in 1968 with the now-iconic Flying Carpet Daybed.
“Stainless steel does not forgive. It has authority, and it helps me not to make errors. But it also shines and glows; it hints at greater things.” – Maria Pergay
Pergay’s design work is now in its sixth decade, and the exhibition charts her work from the sixties up to 2015, capturing her strident design canon that the designer forged in postwar France and has continued to transform up till the present day.
Her work takes inspiration from antiquity, Japanese art, and above all the innate nature of the materials she works with. ‘Ic0nic’ highlights not only her mastery of stainless steel, but also its union with materials such as: ammonite, palm wood, bronze, mother of pearl, and chestnut among others.
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