Parisian, born in 1925, is one of the contemporary world's leading interior designers. Andrée Putman has an eclectic background. She began to work in the 1960s as a journalist for the design magazine 'L’oeil' and to write the column decoration in the 'Les cahiers de elle' and had a career as a marketing consultant in the fashion world. Ms.Putman may be best known for having assembled a collection of 20th century modern furnishings to be reproduced by her firm 'ecart international', founded in 1978 and located in Paris 16th arrondisement. It is largely through ecart's efforts that pieces by at the time forgotten designers as Eileen Gray, Mallet-Stevens, Pierre Chareau, Mariano Fortuny, Rene Herbst and Jean-Michel Frank were re-introduced to the design world. Andrée Putman designed the interior of shops for Yves St. Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Thierry Mugler, Azzedine Alaia, Cartier, Ebel, mannequins for Barneys, interiors of the concorde for Air France. When Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell opened Morgans Hotel, designed by Ms.Putman, in 1984, the notion of the 'boutique hotel' was born. Many hotels followed, among them 'Wasserturm' in cologne and 'Pershing Hall' hotel in Paris. Ms.Putman created the film set for Peter Greenaway’s movie ‘The pillow book', the office of Jack Lang, French former Minister of Culture; the Bordeaux Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1997, she founded a new firm in her own name - Design Products carrying her signature encompass furniture, and home accessories as flatware, silver, crystal, tableware, textiles, carpets and rugs, towels, sheets and fragrance.
"I like new ventures and I was always fascinated by Istanbul. Gaye’s request was to provoque an hommage to Turkish art.  We immediately understood each other. We worked on a few pieces with the evocation of the lucky trefle. The only idea of working there gave me energy."