Andree Putman

                       

parisian_alt.jpgDesigner We Love: Andree Putman

Website: andree putman

Quotable Quote:

"I have always cultivated the revel spirit, from my early childhood. I wanted to empty rooms. I turned down all the dictates of good taste and elitism. I avoid decoration for decoration's sake. "

Background:

Born in Paris, 1925

Wrote "Decoration" column during the 1960s for French design magazine L’oeil

Founded Ecart International in 1978, reproducing 20th century modern furnishings

Interior design work for designer shops: Yves St. Laurent, Cartier, Ebel, Azzedine Alaia, Thierry Mugler, Karl Lagerfeld

book%20andree.jpg1984 interior design for Morgans hotel, the first boutique hotel, from Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell; other hotels in Cologne and Paris followed

Commercial design for movie The Pillow Book, Bordeaux Museum of Contemporary Art, office of Jack Lang (then-minister of culture for France)

1997 launch of her product design business, featuring furniture, fragrance, home accessories -- silver, crystal, tabletop, textiles, linens, rugs and carpets

What We Love:

Fearless curator of great, underdog design

Bringing Mellet-Stevens, Mariano Fortuny, Rene Herbst, Jean-Michel Frank, Pierre Chareau, and the sublime Eileen Gray back into the design spotlight through her reproduction business

She made merchandising couture fashionable with her sublime shop interiors

She put personal style into hospitality and helped launch the boutique hotel craze

Her mannequins for Barneys

Her classic interior design for Air France's Concorde jets

Her desire to design for a children's hospital someday

This quote: "Minimalism in interior design has become a caricature. Everywhere you find shops or hotels with an ambience that makes you feel like you are in a refrigerator."

Andree Putman Sampler:

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 Photo Credits: Time, Amazon France, domeau & Peres, Wallpaper, Gaia & Gino, Architonic, New York Magazine

 

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