Friday, February 11, 2011

Andree Putman Ambassadrice du Style

This year the Mairie of Paris,as last year ,presented a retrospective on designer Andree Putman, one of my all time favorites.

I didn't realize that she also designed a lot of fashion items as well like these triangle sunglasses for RAC.

This wonderful tabouret is more what she is known for. Contemporary design. This was one of the fabulous pieces being offered up for public view at the Hotel De Ville through Feb 26th. We went. If you are there, then GO.

She has an amazing past and is still making an impact in the design world at 83. This really put her on the map one of the first "Boutique " Hotels in Manhattan, Morgans. The hotel made the black and white check motif a part of Putman's signature style.

This bathtub is also at the retrospective.......Amazing.....

Also this Piano designed for Pleyel Pianos the oldest piano company in France. It has a constellation on the inside of the top and the signature trim of black and white check. She did study piano extensively but her interest in design won her over.

I never knew she designed SHOES!!!!This was for Hermes, I think,Or possibly Charles Jordan. Pink Suede!!!! Normalement Iam not a shoe girl, but these?????? OH YES!YES!YES!
Not only is she a designer but THE designer FOR designers. She has designed boutiques for Thierry Mugler, YSL, Anne Fontaine, Guerlain, Azzedine Alaia, Balenciaga, Karl Lagerfeld, Barneys for Women, and designed Pens for Mont Blanc, Silver for Christophe, Bags for Louis Vuitton, Coffee items for Nespresso, and the inside of the Concorde down to the flatware........Which, being an ex sky goddess, really sent me round the bend to see the pictures and examples of actual carpets, lights, seats and tray tables set up for dining of the elegant Concorde a la Putman. Just a few of some fun things she has gotten to do in her life.

This was also in the exhibit, a bathroom from the original design of Morgans, where Robes and I stayed shortly after it opened. It was owned at the time by the late Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager of Studio 54 fame (right after it closed) which is probably why no liquor license was granted at the time..( It was ok, they just offered to go fetch). Not a problem now....... Ian Schrager went on to head up the marvelous Morgans Hotel Group. Robes goes "Hey that was our bathroom!!!!! I wonder if the ring I left is still in the tub?????"(This is why we don't attend many of these things......)

Andree's chair for Emeco.

Look at this fabulous treatment of the restaurant courtyard in a Hotel in Bordeaux.

These Half Moon sofas were on display similar to the ones in the Hotel Particulier seen here in the 7th in Paris. I love how her contemporary design blends with the architectural detail in this very French room. Image from Habitually Chic.

See the pearls on the left like the tabouret????? Oh and did I tell you I LOVE Anne Fontaine's blouses??????I love Anne Fontaine ANYTHING!!!!

Especially this!!! The Spa in Paris for Anne Fontaine also designed by Andree. Take me there NOW>>>!!!!!

Morgan's early common / breakfast room.

She even did crystal........Also some private residences owned by very lucky clients, and offices for the ministers of culture and finance in the France. Sometimes you just have to find things to keep yourself busy......
Really, if you get a chance and are in Paris, go see this...And then google Andree Putman and learn why she is the true Ambassadrice du Style, not just in France but the world.


  1. I agree with Jane, wonderful post Maryanne. Andree obviously has more talents than most of us were aware of. Amazing woman.

    Oh that Robes! You just have to love him. Warm up in Brenham now that the sun will be out and warmer temps are on our horizon....whew!

    ♥ to you both

  2. Maryanne, You could write a book on your adventures! You expose me to people and design I would never know about otherwise. You stretch me beyond my little old hill country world! I love seeing all of your images, but if I had to choose, I'd take the pink suede shoes - amazing!

  3. Love that woman! Thanks for the wonderful, comprehensive post.

  4. You have posted a lot of nice yet elegant French Armoire furniture it make me want to have at least of of those and put in my house.

  5. Wonderful and interesting post!
    Admiring Andree Putman as well, she is amazing.

    Greetings from the Périgord

  6. Thanks for sharing. Definitely a woman of real style. So nice to learn about her.

  7. Wow, I'm impressed. She clearly has had quite the run of it! At 83, who would have thought she could keep making statements! Thanks for sharing!
    Lila Ferraro

  8. Thanks Lila! She certainly is still making statements,recently she designed a Picture Frame for Parrot with a flash drive sporting her signature black and white check...!