Hôtel de Ville, Paris
10 November 2010 to 26 February 2010
5 Rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris


The first retrospective in France of the work of renowned designer Andrée Putman is held at the Hotel de Ville, Paris. Taking in the various aspects of Putman’s work, the show ranges from mock-ups of the interiors she installed in Concorde to a re-creation of the famous bathrooms she designed at the Morgans Hotel in New York (a project for which she is credited with inventing the boutique hotel as we know it).

Born in 1925, Putman has enjoyed a varied career that, as this show reveals, has included stints on magazines and as the founder of Ecart, a company that produced re-editions of pieces by designers such as Eileen Grey. In fact, it was not until the 1980s that her work as an interior designer became known internationally.

As well as sets of Putman’s most iconic designs and interiors, the retrospective includes a section devoted to current projects, most notably her private interior commissions for the philosopher Bernard Henri Levy. Putman’s consistency is revealed in the fact that her signature fondness for simplicity, elegance and the use of black and white is found in her work both old and new.