Last January, we lost one of my personal design icons, Andrée Putman. Her appreciation for design and art first began in the musical realm. While not formally educated in design, Andrée worked her way up from messenger to Art Director of the retail chain Prisunic in their Home Department.

She would later go on to establish Ecart, her design business, and help establish the careers of many notable designers. Andrée would also become the designer behind iconic places as the Le Lac hotel in Japan, Morgans Hotel in New York and the most recent The Putman in Hong Kong. And in the late 90s, she founded her own design studio, offering interior design, product design and scenography.

I was such a fan of her work during my school year that my senior design project revolved around an Andre Putman retail store concept featuring her furniture pieces and the interior design inspired by her style.

She was a classic woman with an incredible eye for promising talent and design. You can learn more about her contribution to the design world and her incredible sense of design in the book Putman Style by Stephane Gerschel.

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