Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Andrée Putman!



Meet Andrée Putman (Paris, 1925) the Grande dame of French design.

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Putman, the tres elegant Parisienne and her trademark style are now the subject of a three-month retrospective opening this week at Paris city hall.
Almost everything  is black and white in Putman’s world. Known as the queen of the checkerboard,  she has put her monochrome signature on everything from  the Morgans Hotel in New York, with which she invented the boutique hotel concept to a skyscraper in Hong Kong, a luxury apartment-hotel complex, named after her. She designed everything for The Putman, from its art deco-style façade to its floor plans and furnishings. “I was amazed because, step by step, they gave me freedom, which is very scarce,” Putman says. “They gave me confidence, which is something else that’s scarce. And when they said, ‘Would you like it to bear your name?’ I said, ‘Let’s say yes.’ It’s a very delicate thing to do. I took it as an honour. I like daring ideas and that was one of them.”

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The Morgans Hotel in New York

"She had no training, she just opened her eyes and looked around," said her daughter Olivia, who now runs the Putman design studio,  "When she went over to a friend's for dinner, she would offer to haul around the sofas, or drape a dishcloth over a lamp to soften the mood".

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Olivia and Andrée Putman (Cotemaison.fr)

Putman truly came into her own after divorcing her husband, opening her own design firm, Écart, when she was 53 years old and soon great projects followed: stores for Guerlain and Yves Saint Laurent, movie sets for Greenway, revamping the interior of the Concorde airplane and much more.

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Concorde aircraft interior


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Desk for Bisazza
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A Putman's love seat for Poltrona Frau







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Pianoforte designed for Pleyel
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The lobby of The Morgans Hotel  in New York







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Guerlain store, Paris
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Andrée Putman
A lady with an imposing personality, tall, extremely elegant, full of talent....she was defined the Coco Chanel of Interior design.

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Drawing by Hope Gangloff
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Putman Style book
Andrée Putman...an icon of class, talent and elegance!
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10 comments:

Nancy Bendtsen said...

Isn't she fabulous? Andree Putman is gorgeous!

Peggy Braswell said...

Andree
Putman

xx

Peggy Braswell Design

Dovecote Decor said...

Life can begin at 50! Its completely inspiring.

Michelle said...

yummy...love her work...so free.

Marcus Design said...

What a talented and fabulous woman!
Nancy xo

susan hargraves said...

Such an inspiration! Fabulous.
Thank you for reminding us of her wonderful work and style.

Susan Hargraves said...

Such an inspiration! Fabulous.
Thank you for reminding us of her wonderful work and style.

Victoria said...

Wow! Chess, anyone? Andree Putman - great talent!

Claudia Juestel said...

What a great post about this iconic designer. I love the fact that she opened her own business at 53 and after a divorce, which is a great reminder that it is never too late to change direction and to start something new. What an inspiration!

Cheers,


Claudia

Sherri Cassara said...

Ahhh... what a wonderfully inspirational story! Gorgeous & sophisticated - both the designer and her designs. Great post! Happy Monday!

 
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