PREMIER MAGAZINE CROSS-MEDIAS DE DECO GRATUIT
nO. 7 - February 2013
Our tribute, Madam
One day separated the opening of the first 2013 Home &
Objects show, and the passing, at 87, of an icon of design
and interior architecture, it makes you wonder if there is no
cause/effect relationship, as in "does the Flap of a Butterf-
ly's Wings in Brazil Set off a Tornado in Texas?"
In a twist of fate, or touch of inspiration, our Vintage article
from December 2012 recal ed the essential role of this
female icon of design and artistic freedom of expression,
who revolutionized the creative codes in force in 1972.
Tributes made to Andrée Putman upon her passing were
many, sober, and lacking in commentary. The laconic AFP
her clean, elegant, timeless style." True, but that's a rather
brief way to summarize sixty years dedicated to creation
and design that was without borders, generous, authen-
tic, nonconformist, and passionate. Left in the wake of the
woman who declared herself to be "impressed by those
artists who seek nothing more than to remain in the heart
of their sincerity, of their risk," we find the successes of
people, like Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Issey Miyake, or
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Thierry Mugler, but also Christofle, Vuitton, Pleyel, Veuve
Cliquot, Guerlain, a few restored major monuments, and a
ton of little interiors. After traveling the world over, and lea-
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ving her mark on New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Munich,
Tokyo, and of course, Paris, in the end it was in the same
Sixth Arrondissement of Paris, where Andrée Purtman was
born, that she took her final breath. It was a life that leaves
Objects in style
behind a great, ful , indelible proof of a masterful talent.
"My only concern was to tel myself if I interest at least ten
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people, I wil have accomplished something that wil carry
me my whole life," she declared at the start of her career.
It was a mission accomplished in spades.
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