Paris, France, 1925 · 2013
Office of Commission des Droits de l’Homme
Arche de la Défense, Paris, France
Putman was commissioned in 1989 to fit out and decorate the top floor of the Grande Arche de la Défense in Puteaux, in the outskirts of Paris. For the institution’s library, Putnam designed the staircase banister in brushed metal with a bronze patina finish, resting on a column and running the entire length of the loggia.
Valkenswaard, Netherlands, 1943 · Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2016
Murtala Muhammed Airport Seating Unit
Produced and manufactured by Artifort, Maastricht, Netherlands
The Lagos bench was originally designed for the interior of the Murtala Muhammed Airport terminal in Lagos, Nigeria, which Verschuuren designed with Naco Thijs Veldman in 1977-1978. Many redesigns of the bench followed and the benches became popular seating units for all kinds of public waiting areas around the world.