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Maria Pergay: Wonder Room

Beginning November 17, 2016, Demisch Danant will present Maria Pergay: Wonder Room, the first exhibition of works by the legendary French designer and tastemaker to spotlight a key element of her oeuvre: an intense engagement with the exotic and the baroque.

Pergay has long been revered for her pioneering postwar adaptation of steel into disciplined but sensual domestic furnishings, many of which are now regarded icons of 20th century modern design. But throughout her career, Pergay has also consistently employed the most outré natural specimens, rarefied traditional craft techniques, and fantasy narratives in an output that suggests magical realms or cabinets of curiosities.

Her works can be seen as a series of wunderkammerers rich with precious stones, found oddities, references to ancient Egypt and Pompeii, and surprising details that hint at distant provinces. Through major new furniture designs, as well as important archival pieces, accessories, and never before seen drawings from her personal sketchbooks, Demisch Danant’s exhibition will celebrate the ‘wonder room’ that is the world of Maria Pergay.