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Andrée Putman

   
 

Check Mate!

   

 

  

 

Sleek lines, monochromatic colors, checkerboard patterns, and the reproduction of furniture from 1930's designers like Jean-Michel Frank and Pierre Chareau, have made Andrée Putman one of the world's most sought-after interior designers.  Her current exhibition, "Andrée Putman, beyond style" at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, showcases a remarkably eclectic variety of objects designed by the high priestess of style: a baby grand, furniture, and even elegant modernist silverware for Christofle.

One of the most successful pieces on display, and the centerpiece of the show, is the striking Voie Lactée or Milky Way baby grand, which Putman designed for Pleyel, the French firm whose pianos were used by Chopin, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns.  The Voie Lactée is made of black lacquer and chrome; its music stand and top stick are jazzed up with Putman's daring characteristic checkerboard pattern in black-and-white, and there is a star-filled deep-blue sky on the underside of the lid.  A contemporary twist on classic luxury. 

Putman received wide acclaim for the furniture designs that she produced for her firm 'Ecart International' in the late 1970's.  This exhibition coincides with Putman's redesign for Morgans, the groundbreaking boutique hotel that she originally decorated in black and white in 1984. This time around the monochromatic palette is reworked with all the subtlety of shades of gray. 

 

 

       
 

Visit: Andrée Putman, beyond style

Read: www.andreeputman.com

Have a drink: Morgans Hotel

 

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