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Legendary Designer Andrée Putman Dies

Feb 1, 2013

Andrée Putman, the renowned interior designer, died Saturday at the age of 87 in her home in Paris. The Parisian designer's work extended globally, including Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Among her successes, Putman is known for creating the look of the first boutique hotel, Morgans in New York, for hotelier Ian Schrager. She also designed the Guerlain flagship store on the Champs-Élysées; the interior of the Concorde; private residences in Dublin, Miami, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, and Tangier; and a 31-floor apartment skyscraper in Hong Kong, which was branded as the Putman.

Her accomplishments also include membership of the Left Bank intelligentsia in Paris, where she crafted the set for the 1996 film, The Pillow Book, and the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art in Bordeaux.

Putnam is known for her mastery of detail and simplicity, and throughout her lifetime she brought her style to flatware, tableware, carpets, crystal, and furniture pieces.

Although she began as a journalist in the 1950s, she soon entered the design industry working for Elle from 1952 until 1958, and as the interiors editor at French magazine L’Oeil from 1960 to 1964. With her passion for French classics, she switched careers to marketing through Ecart International, which she founded in 1978. 

Her survivors include her sister and her children, Olivia and Cyrille Putman.

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