In 1981, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell the pair behind Studio 54 wanted
to transform a New York City flophouse into a luxury hotel, and they called
on Andrée Putman to do the job. In creating her simple grey-toned rooms that were a hit with celebrities and socialites, Putman helped to establish the
boutique hotel experience. Twenty-four years later, the hotel was in need of
updating and the Paris-based Putman was called upon once again for her
sophisticated, minimalist aesthetic. The updated rooms include the Morgans
Chair (2008), which Putman created with Emeco, the Pennsylvania-based
furniture manufacturer famous for its 1006 Navy® Chair (1944). Putman¹s
chair design is a hybrid of the Navy Chair and the chair by Robert
Mallet-Stevens that she used in the hotel¹s original design. Made in U.S.A.
The Morgans Chair, like all Emeco chairs, is made with a 77-step
proprietary process that transforms 80% recycled aluminum into a material
that has the strength of steel.
All Emeco chairs contribute to LEED™ credit #4.2 Recycled Content (and
credit #5.1 if shipped within 500 miles of Emeco¹s facility in Hanover,
80% recycled anodized aluminum in a polished finish; clear plastic floor guides
It would not detract from her keen originality to call designer Andrée Putman the Coco Chanel of interior design. As Chanel did with clothing, Putman has liberated French interior design from its proper, stuffy roots with her unmistakable vision of elegance, clarity, and wit.
Born in Paris, Putman enjoyed a budding career in music before becoming a journalist for prominent French interior design magazines. It was not long before her own individual style ushered Putman into the design limelight, and in 1978 she opened her first design studio, Ecart. Besides producing interiors and stores for some of French fashion's biggest names (Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Azzadine Alaia, to name a few), Ecart also reissued furniture designs of then-obscure designers from the early part of the twentieth century. Read more >