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Andrée Putman at the CAPC by Heinz Peter Knes

Publication / 2015 / CAPC musée


A photographic tribute by the german photo artist Heinz Peter Knes to the famous interior designer Andrée Putman (1925-2013) and her unique and ambitious furnishing project for the CAPC.


Andrée Putman made hers Charles Baudelaire's definition of modernity: "the eternal at this moment”. The designer reminds us that for Baudelaire, modernity is “never denying the past, but rather looking at it in another way,” and it is this principle that is at the heart of her work.  

The furnishing of the CAPC by the famous interior designer Andrée Putman (1983/1990) is  one of the most accomplished projects of her career. 

Carried out over ten years, this amitious project is a milestone in the history of design. To this day, it is still considered as a model of integration, and asserts itself as a fruitful conjunction between a secular architecture (The Lainé Warehouse) and a  context of contemporary production  (CAPC museum). As a result, it responds to the specific needs a cultural life project.  

Taking into account the variety of spaces and activities that make the CAPC unique, Andrée Putman imposed both a radical approach to design and a  lifestyle  in this exceptional environment, thus developping a powerful and consistent vision, a total and unique art work. Andrée Putman’s proposal of a rich and innovative vocabulary  at  the CAPC,brings together numerous specific re-editions showing her commitment to creators from various generations (Mallet-Stevens armchairs, benches and chairs; Mariano Fortuny lamps...) but also many of her own designs, which will remain unique pieces (the museum’s reception desk, drawer knobs, managment desk, writing-desk chairs, screens and their lecterns, japanese suspended lamps, adjustable tray tables for the library, etc.)
This book, dedicated to Andrée Putman’s work,  aims to pay tribute to this ambitious project as well as the visual magnitude it represents.

To reflect this greatness and go beyond the utopian vision that constitutes the archive images of the 90s, a new photographic eye was needed to reconcile the methodical inventory of Putman’s style and the poetry of  forms . The German photographer Heinz Peter Knes took up this challenge, and his images, which are at the heart of this book will report, more than 20 years later, the  evolution of Andrée Putman’s approach to design  through the environment’s mutations over time ; thus operating a visual dialectic between the proposed lifestyle and the daily  use of the furniture. 


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Photographs : Heinz Peter Knes
Texts : Jean-Louis Froment, Martine Péan, Andrée Putman...
Diffusion : Les Presses du Réel


Public selling price: 35 €

Number of pages: 112

Language: English/French

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ISBN: 978-2-87721-227-4
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