Olivia Putman Dazzles with Bath Design at Ambiente 2013

Carmen NatschkeInteriors by Design, To the Trade: Design Shows & Events

studio putman messe frankfurt ambiente 1

Olivia Putman Bath Vignette at Ambiente 2013 - France Partner Country  | The Decorating Diva, LLC

Great design, much like great art, has the ability to touch us in a spiritual manner – to lift our mind, body and soul out of our everyday existence and onto a plane in which we shed our human short-comings, frailties and stresses, and become ethereal creatures filled with joy, peace and love. Great design is transformative, and it can be found in the most unexpected of places.

Recently I was in Germany to cover Messe Frankfurt’s Ambiente consumer goods and design fair for our publication, and as I hurriedly made my way from hall to hall, I found myself in front of a bathroom vignette (Part of a larger exhibition honoring Ambiente’s country partner, France.) curated by Olivia Putman, daughter of the late, grande dame of design, Andree Putman. I was mesmerized, unwilling to move on about my business – I just wanted to stay put and experience this extraordinarily designed bathroom vignette. I was captivated by Studio Putman’s sculptural bathtub with its whimsical bubble legs sitting gracefully upon a shimmering silver Bisazza mosaic rug. This was a design still life – much like a still life composition in art or photography – but it was meant to be lived in and enjoyed on a physical level.

I had seen many beautiful designs at the show, but this vignette left a signature of inspiration upon my spirit. It’s difficult to describe what constitutes great design – it’s not a science, it really is an art and when well done it speaks beyond the aesthetic and the functional; it lights a fire of passion within us.

Editor’s Note: I was recently honored to have my divine design discovery at Ambiente highlighted in the luxury lighting and decor magazine, ON. Please flip to page 24 to see the interview.

Related Decorating Articles on the Blog