Andree Putman
Andrée Putman (1925 - 2013) essentially started her career when she was 53 years old.&nsbsp; When creating Ecart International in 1978, Putman started by bringing back to life forgotten designers from the 1930s - René Herbst, Jean-Michel Frank and Adolphe Chanaux, Pierre Chareau, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Antoni Gaudí, and Eileen Gray.  According to Putman, "My only concern was to bring awareness to at least ten people; I would have accomplished something that would carry me for all my life."  These pieces of furniture won over not ten, but thousands of people.  From releasing furniture to designing interiors, the evolution came quite naturally.  The interior design of the Morgans Hotel in New York in 1984 marked a turning point in Andrée Putman's career: she managed to make a high-standard hotel with a small budget and asserted her style with sober rooms and visual effects.  As Putman noted, "It is when I started working in New York that the French suddenly asked for me."  Putman's illustrious career has included numerous awards and has spanned projects all over the world ranging from store design, hotels, private residences, art museums, and even a 1990s interior makeover for the supersonic Concorde jet.

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