Born in 1925, Andrée Putman career spans more than 4 decades and 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. Recent 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.
Simplicity, elegance and the use of black and white (her famous chequerboard designs were a huge success in 1984) is found in both old and recent works.
Andrée Putman@Xavier Bejot-Tripod Agency
Bathrooms, Morgans Hotel, 1984@Deidi Von Schaewen
Morgans Hotel, 2008@Nicolas Koenig
Concorde@Deidi Von Schaewen
Private apartment, San Sebastian@Deidi Von Schaewen
Andrée Putman's apartment@Deidi Von Schaewen
Gildo Pastor Center, Monaco, 1996@Deidi Von Schaewen
Milky Way Piano@Marc Abel
Elephant Bench@Archives Andrée Putman
Crescent moon@Archives Andrée Putman
Croqueuses de diamants@Archives Andrée Putman