I was saddened to hear that famed Parisian designer Andrée Putman, past away at the age of 87 last Saturday. Over the course of her illustrious career she will be remembered for her numerous contributions to the design world. On a personal note, I will always remember her as the source of inspiration for my first project in design school.
Her self taught career started after a divorce, when she discovered a passion for 1930's French modernist furniture. She then went on to design everything from homes to furniture to movie sets. Her big break came in 1984 when she was selected by Ian Schrager to design the Morgans Hotel in Manhattan. Touted as the first boutique hotel she once said that "because I started working in New York, the French suddenly asked for me." Below is a small selection of her life's work.
" To not dare is to have already lost. We should seek out ambitions, even unrealsistic projects....because things only happen when we dream. "- Andrée Putman (1925-2013)
The office of the Minister of Culture and Communication in Paris, 1985
Gildo Pasto Center, Monaco, 1996
Ministry of National Education, 2002
Crescent Moon and Clair De Jour seating designed by Andrée Putman
Home in Spain, 2004