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At the age of 87, the great lady of design Andrée Putman died, leaving behind a dazzling career symbol of modernity but above all of French elegance of which she was the perfect ambassador. Andrée Putman, it was not only an impeccable silhouette with a severe look, it was above all a stripped down and resolutely modern style which, for its part, will never go out of fashion as it worked in the construction of today's design hui. Friend of the greatest artists, she developed her own style in the mid-60s by working for the Prisunic brand which considerably rejuvenates the world of the house. Then she will reveal the biggest names in fashion in a revolutionary concept store that we owe her in the 70s. Everything then accelerates at the dawn of the 80s when she creates her publishing and design company which reissues the furniture of the greatest designers. It was then in New York that she put her distinctive paw by applying the famous black and white checkerboard pattern inspired by Art Deco in the bathrooms of the Morgans hotel. Later, he will be indebted to him for the interior of the Concorde, each more chic than the other, which has made the great lady the icon of French design around the world. We remember the simplicity of his style, his elegance, his timbre of voice and above all his modern requirement and his thirst for novelty which led him to imagine the first boutique hotel or to rethink the bathroom in terms of living room . France is today losing part of itself but the succession of the great French signatures is ensured thanks to Olivia, her daughter, who has taken up the torch since 2007. All articles by Cendrine Dominguez Photo credit: Pierre Olivier / TEVA