Pucci, an eclectic showroom in Chelsea for art, furniture and mannequins, took an other creative spin last thursday by premiering an exclusive collection of Andree Putman furniture and drawing an artsy crowd of 500 for the champagne reception.
'This is a first,' said Ralph Pucci, president of Pucci International, at his 15,000-square-foot showroom at 44 West 18th Street. 'We've represented Andree's furniture for many, many years and she's done mannequins for us. But this time, we've taken a big step. We're manufacturing and marketing the collection, and it's the first time an Andree Putman collection has even been manufactured in the U.S.'
Putman helped create the former Barneys New York store in Chelsea, among other retail projects, and Barneys veterans Gene Pressman and Mallory Andrews came to greet the Paris based designer.
Putman's collection for Pucci, called 'Six Easy Pieces,' is highly sculptural, simple and luxurious, and includes a 10-foot long sofa that can be scaled down, and a 7-foot round dining table with a carousel.
'It's work in progress,' said Pucci. 'This time next year, the collection should contain about 20 pieces.'
The next big showing at Pucci will be mannequins created by artist Kenny Scharf and, of course, manufactured by Pucci, beginning Dec 7. ' We have openings at least every eight weeks - whether it's photography, furniture, art or mannequins,' Pucci said.