Olivia Putman grew up in Paris with her mother, Andrée Putman, a designer, and her father Jacques Putman, an art collector, editor and critic. Through family acquaintances and her teenage nights at Le Palace, she got to meet the most eclectic figures of the artistic scene of those days, including Andy Warhol and Yves Saint-Laurent.
After graduating from high school, Olivia completed a bachelor's degree in art history in 1987, at the Paris-Sorbonne University. She then divided her time and workspace between Paris and New York. She became the agent of the Ivorian painter Ouattara Watts, and she befriended with Jean-Michel Basquiat, whom she counted among her friends until he died.
In 1988, for the first time, she becomes an exhibition curator. Thanks to her friend Leo Castelli, she exhibits pieces from Jasper Johns or Mario Merz in Paris.
This first exhibition gained Putman popularity and she started working with the association Usines Ephémères, which converts disused urban spaces into artist studios.
In 1994, she created temporary gardens combining art and agriculture with Jean-Paul Ganem. At this stage, Olivia was an active artist and started studying landscape management.
In 1997, Olivia Putman started as a freelancer and flew to Japan to design her first private garden. Public acknowledgement of her talent only took a few years. Her work for Parfums Caron was awarded the Dream Garden Prize at the Garden Festival of Saint-Cloud in 2000 and she also designed a private garden for Marc Jacobs in Paris.
In 2007, Olivia Putman agrees to take the art direction of the Andrée Putman's agency, a long-standing desire of the founder. The Andrée Putman agency becomes "Studio Putman." Olivia Putman keeps a taste for challenging adventures that combine pleasure and innovation, and that articulate creative ideals with concrete reality.
Olivia Putman embraces a free and generous approach: she imagines luxurious hotels, offices and private residencies always trying to combine comfort and elegance of lines with a rigorous functionality. She designs high-end furniture manufactured with some of the best French craftsmen. She wins the “Best Design” prize in Los Angeles, in 2015, for her Métamorphoses tap collection. She also imagines sets for exhibitions and works with Lalique, Nina Ricci or Herzog et de Meuron.2007 - Morgans Hotel, New York
2009 - "The Rivage" hotel, Hong Kong
2011 - Public Works' headquarters on Champs-Elysées, Paris
2013 - Studio Putman won in collaboration with Lilian Allen and Mathias Klotz an international competition to design new VIP lounges for LATAM Airways. The first lounges opened in the airports of Buenos Aires and Bogota
2013 - Sofitel Arc de Triomphe, Paris
2014 - Hotel Can Faustino on the island of Menorca, Spain
2014 - VIP lounge for LATAM Airways in São Paulo, Brazil
2015 - VIP lounge, (biggest lounge in South America), Santiago, Chile
2016 - Interior design for a 58 Meters motor yacht.
2009 - Scenography for the Madeleine Vionnet exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (Paris' Museum of Decorative Arts)
2009 - Scenography for the shows of Christophe (singer) at the Olympia, Paris.
2010 - Olivia Putman is, with Sebastien Grandin, curator of the exhibition "Andrée Putman, ambassador of style" at Paris City Hall (250,000 visitors)
2013 - Olivia Putman is the ambassador of French creation at the Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt. For this event, she designed spaces symbolizing the art of French living.
2013 - Exhibition "Le Temps des Collections" at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen (Rouen's Museum of Fine Arts)
2014 - During the "French May" event in Hong Kong, Olivia Putman presents two exhibitions about Studio Putman in PMQ and in The Landmark (Hong Kong)
"I believe that we live in a time where people are fed up with "design for design". Design is successful when you have the right answer for its purpose", says Olivia Putman2008 - "Rive Gauche" chair for Drucker
2010 - Olivia Putman wins the Nespresso contest and creates the "Ritual" Collection
2011 - Collection "Inside Out" for Fermob
2011 - Olivia Putman becomes the Artistic Director of Lalique and creates the "Orgue" Collection
2011 - Collection "Belle Etoile" for Serralunga
2012 - Fabric collection for Pierre Frey
2012 - "Jour de Fête" collection for Charles Paris
2013 - Olivia Putman gives her own interpretation of the Nina Ricci's « Air du Temps » perfume bottle
2013 - The "O" tap collection for THG
2013 - "Contrast" collection for Made.com
2013 - Creation of a cognac bottle and its box for Hine
2014 - « Time Flies » collection for the Ralph Pucci Gallery, New York
2014 - « Dialogues » furniture collection, for the "French May" festival, Hong-Kong
2015 - « Métamorphose » collection for THG, best design award for he "BD WEST" fair in Los Angeles
2000 - "Jardin de Rêve" Prize (Dream garden Prize) at the "Festival des Jardins" of Saint-Cloud. Olivia Putman imagined a garden for the Parfums Caron
2009 - Olivia Putman wins the Nespresso contest
2012 - Olivia Putman wins the LATAM Airways contest et and creates VIP lounges in South America
2015 - Best Design Award for the THG collection at the "BD West" Fair, Los Angeles
Olivia Putman has four children, Julien, Noé, Carl and Louis and in 2010 married Parisian auctioneer Christophe Joron Derem.