Although best remembered for his exquisite silk pleated dresses, Mariano Fortuny was also a highly innovative lighting designer.
Realizing that electricity had the potential to transform theatrical lighting, he developed in his Venetian palazzo-atelier-laboratory a system that used concave reflectors to reduce glare. He outlined this innovative, patented system in his treatise Eclairage Scénique (1904) and utilized this technique in his desk light (1903) and floor light (1907). The latter helped to transform both theatrical and photographic lighting.
In 1978, Andrée Putman decides to found Ecart in order to breathe new life into her career. It is thus at the age of 53 that the woman named the "godmother of French design" really started her career as a designer. She reissues furniture pieces of the '30s and '40s with success. These re-editions bring life again to forgotten designers such as Eileen Gray, Pierre Chareau or Jean-Michel Frank.
Incidentally, the name Ecart is not random, as the word is the anagram of "trace", which corresponds to Andrée Putman's wish to keep traces of the past in contemporary creations.
As a mythical designer, Andrée Putman turns out to be a passionate artist, who succeeds in compiling an incredibly coherent catalogue. Nevertheless, in 1997 she decides to sell her company's shares in order to focus on interior design and creates the Putman studio.
The catalogue compiled by Andrée Putman has been fully reissued in collaboration with Pascal Lapeyre and Lucie Tonelli. New talents have joined the company, like Christophe Pillet or Bruno Moinard. Ecart International did not forget its founder, as Andrée Putman's designs have been reissued.
Through its catalogue, Ecart International remains committed to perpetuating a French tradition of excellence and timeless quality, based on traditional skills and in compliance with the existing artistic standards.
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