ANDRÉE PUTMAN / 1925-2013
Andrée Putman’s career spanned more than 4 decades, she was designated “Above taste” by the German publication Süddeutsche Zeitung. In the 1980s, she rediscovered several major designers- Eileen Gray, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Mariano Fortuny - and launched the company Ecart International to manufacture and market these modern classics. At the same time, Mme. Putman invented the “Boutique Hotel” for Ian Schrager with Morgans in New York and then the Wasserturm in Cologne and Pershing Hall in Paris.
Eclectic projects have ranged from the Fine Arts Museum of Rouen to the CAPC in Bordeaux, from the movie sets for Peter Greenaway to the Concorde for Air France. Work in product design include an important silverware and jewelry collection with Christofle, a champagne cooler for Veuve Clicquot and an ultimate evolution of the legendary Steamer Bag from Louis Vuitton.
As an interior designer, Mme. Putman has unveiled the Blue Spa at Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, the Guerlain flagship store on the Champs-Elysées and stores for Anne Fontaine in Tokyo, Paris and New York as well as private residences in Dublin, Miami, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Tangiers. Most recently, she designed a 31 floor apartment skyscraper in Hong Kong, conveniently named The Putman. She has described her most successful projects as, “the perfect balance between discipline and revolt.”