I like buying lots of back issues of Vogue on eBay (it’s a great way to get fashion and design inspiration) and was flicking through June 1990 this morning, only to find a brilliant article on French design doyenne Andrée Putman. Whether it’s creating her legendary checkerboard bathroom for Morgans hotel, New York, in 1984, or the minimal Art Deco reinvention of a Cologne watertower in her Hotel im Wasserrturm (the newest project at the time of the article), I love her style, her approach and her outlook, typified by this quote from the article…

‘When I can’t find exactly what I want, be it a table setting, car interior, hotel interior in New York – something I want desperately, I design it. My criterion is, am I really waiting for this?’

And my own Putman moment, not in New York, though, in my dinky flat in Tufnell Park, London…

Mo, deputy chief sub-editor

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