The carrer of Andrée Putman that her famous from New York to Hong Kong only started as she was 53 years old. When creating Ecart International, Andrée started by bringing back to life forgotten designers from the 1930s : René Herbst, Jean-Michel Frank, Pierre Chareau, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Antoni Gaudí, Eileen Gray… She has a passion for their works, finds objects, restores, reedits, highlights and develops a most consistent catalogue. “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. She took the next logical step: “Pompous luxury is a pollution that horrifies me. I take interest in the essentials, the framework, basic elements of things.” 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. “It is when I started working in New York that the French suddenly asked for me.”