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Interior Designer & Fashion Icon Andrée Putman Dead At 87

Tue, January 22, 2013 1:43pm EDT by Katrina Mitzeliotis Add first Comment
Andree Putman Dead
Courtesy of W Magazine

The famous French interior designer passed away at her home in Paris.

Internationally acclaimed interior designer Andrée Putman was well known for her work designing boutique interiors for some of the biggest names in fashion, including Yves Saint Laurent, Guerlain and Karl Lagerfeld. She helped coin the concept of the boutique hotel, has a skyscraper in Hong Kong named after her, and designed some of the most gorgeous stores for luxury goods in her career, which spanned close to seven decades. Putman designed several apartments for Lagerfeld, including ones in Rome, Monte Carlo and Paris. He describes the late designer as, “very French, impeccable, very clean, like herself. She was flawless. She was very amusing, her way of talking, she was a real character,” he recalls. “When she saw something beautiful, she would say ‘to die for.’”

The designer died in her home on Saturday, Jan. 19. She was 87 years old. Born in Paris on Dec. 23, 1925, Putman studied music at the city’s conservatory and was raised in a wealthy home that celebrated the arts. While she excelled as a pianist, she decided to take a position as a messenger at the women’s magazine, Femina, where she began to gravitate toward the world of design. In the 1960s and 1970s she discovered the art scene and met and married art dealer Jacques Putman — but it was after her divorce that she truly came into her own.

Putman established her own design firm, Ecart, in 1978. In addition to her work with high-profile designers, she also redesigned the interior of the Concorde jet and a slew of modern boutique hotels and apartments around the world. Her work includes a 31-story skyscraper in Hong Kong, appropriately named The Putman. The driven designer launched her interior design company, Studio Putman, in 1997. Her daughter Olivia has been art director since 2007. She “became a style ambassador in spite of herself — she just did her own thing, she would never have claimed such a role,” Olivia says of her late mother.

The designer’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 2PM the Eglise Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris. She is survived by her daughter, Olivia, and her son, Cyrille.

Katrina Mitzeliotis