Paris-based Studio Putman is specializing in interior design, products design and scenography. It was established in 1997 by one of the most interesting characters of Paris design industry, person with a diverse and inspiring background – Andrée Putman.
Born in 1925 in a wealthy family of notables from Lyon (founders of the Maynard & Sons Bank and descendants of the Montgolfier) Andrée grew up in the house full of intellectuals. Her artistic education came first through music – her mother Louise Saint-René Taillandier taking her to the concerts and urging to learn piano. After being told that she is never going to be a virtuous pianist Andrée continued music education in composition, eventually giving up hard and full of sacrifices career as a composer.
Following her grandmother advice she starts working as a messenger in Femina magazine, taking care of little office works. She also worked for Elle and L’Oleil, prestigious magazines where she first started to meet artists.
Years later, after going through a divorce and losing a prestigious job at the same time, is when Andrée finds her real path. Her career that made her famous from New York to Hong Kong starts at the age of 53. In 1984 Putman becomes a recognized interior designer thanks to renovation of Morgans Hotel in New York. Since then she designed various high profile spaces such as hotels Le Lac in Japan, Im Wasserturm in Germany and the Sheraton in Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris; stores for Azzedine Alaia, Balenciaga, Bally and Lagerfeld; offices, particularly the one for French Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1984; and museums like the CAPC, Bordeaux’s contemporary art museum. Her projects took her all around the world: Tel Aviv, Munich, Shanghai, New York, Tokyo, Milan.
In 2001, Andrée creates a perfume “Préparation Parfumée”; two years later, she launches her own line of furniture “Préparation meublée”.
In 2005, Guerlain chooses the Studio Putman to re-design its flagship store on the Champs Elysées. She created a Champagne bucket for Veuve Clicquot and reinterpreted the iconic Louis Vuitton Steamer Bag. In 2008, Paris Mayor Bertand Delanoë makes Andrée President of the first Paris Design Comity, which aims at rethinking street furniture, Parisian public equipments and employees’ uniforms.
In 2007, Andrée’s daughter Olivia Putman, designer and artist with equally great history, fulfilled her mother’s wish and took over the studio.