Moldavian furniture designer Maria Pergay began her design career employed as a window decorator in France. One of her first designs incorporated large birds made out of wrought iron with semi-precious stones and seashells, which the shoes would hang off of in the display window of a store. As her designs evolved she began to utilize stainless steel and famously said it was “as valuable as the most precious wood”, incorporating it into chairs, daybeds, lamps and tables. Stainless steel proved an invaluable material as its flexibility permitted the creation of elegant curves in Pergay’s designs. Some of my favorite designs of hers include the triple tiered metal coffee table, a one arm-banquet daybed and a curved stainless steel bench.