Cul­ture clash

Olivia Put­man

Hong Kong Tatler - - Concierge -

livia put­man’s teenage years in paris were spent in the com­pany of some of the art and fash­ion worlds’ most in­flu­en­tial fig­ures, in­clud­ing Andy Warhol, Yves Saint Lau­rent and Chris­tian Louboutin. Her par­ents were at the heart of this il­lus­tri­ous group. Her mother, An­drée Put­man, founded fur­ni­ture de­sign cen­tre Stu­dio Put­man and her fa­ther, Jac­ques Put­man, was one of the best-known art col­lec­tors in Paris. They sowed the seeds of their daugh­ter’s love of de­sign. To­day, as the direc­tor of Stu­dio Put­man, Olivia Put­man is fa­mous for her en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly aes­thetic and her epic de­sign scope, which al­lows her to work with di­verse de­sign­ers from around the globe. In cel­e­bra­tion of the cul­tural fes­ti­val Le French May, she is col­lab­o­rat­ing with Calvin Hui for an ex­hi­bi­tion ti­tled Dia­logue: Art and De­sign at Hui’s Wong Chuk Hang gallery, 3812 Art Space, which runs un­til the end of June. It presents a new col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture by Put­man along­side paint­ings by Chi­nese artists Huang Xiao­hua, Tien Wei and Wang Ai­jun. “It’s al­ways thought-pro­vok­ing to bring West­ern de­sign­ers and Chi­nese artists to­gether on the same sub­ject mat­ter,” says Hui. “Art and de­sign form a ma­jor part of both our cul­tures and res­onate with our daily living ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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