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French designer Andree Putman dies aged 87: Family

Published on Jan 21, 2013 9:45 AM
 
A file picture taken on April 1, 2006 in Paris shows French designer and interior architect Andree Putman, one of the contemporary world's leading interior designers, as she poses at her office. Mrs Putman, whose many achievements include revamping the interior of the Concorde supersonic jet, died on Saturday at her Paris home aged 87, her family said. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - The internationally acclaimed French designer Andree Putman, whose many achievements include revamping the interior of the Concorde supersonic jet, died on Saturday at her Paris home aged 87, her family said.

Putman helped coin the concept of the boutique hotel, gave her name to a skyscraper in Hong Kong, and designed movie sets and stores for luxury goods in a career that spanned nearly seven decades.

Seen by many as the Grande Dame of French design, the chic Parisienne was the subject of a retrospective at Paris city hall in 2010.

Her daughter Olivia, who now runs the Putman design studio and who curated the show, said Mrs Andree Putman "became a style ambassador in spite of herself - she just did her own thing, she would never have claimed such a role".

 
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