About Ralph Pucci International
RALPH PUCCI International is a luxury furniture, lighting and mannequin company headquartered in New York City. What began as a family business in the 1950s fabricating mannequins has grown to a gallery regarded as one of the best in the world, with outposts now in Miami and Los Angeles.
The furniture chapter began in 1989 because of a mannequin created by French interior designer Andrée Putman, who then urged Pucci to represent her furniture in the US. Today, Ralph Pucci collaborates with the world’s leading artists and designers, and is particularly drawn to pieces that highlight “the hand of the artist.” For Pucci, great design is an on-going quest to celebrate the legends while also looking to the future and supporting emerging talent, which has led to an on-going partnership with students from Pratt Institute.
In 2016, the Museum of the City of New York presented Ralph Pucci with its City of Design Award which recognizes it says, “those who have made New York the design capital of the world and inspire future generations of designers.” Pucci was the recipient of the Creative Innovation Award from Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles in 2013, and, in 2014, honored by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. Other accolades include “The Best in Furniture and Furnishings,” by Robb Report, “The Best Showroom” by Wallpaper, and a “Best of the Year in Interiors, Architecture, Fashion and Design” according to Interior Design. There are two books about the history of Pucci and the variety of exhibitions staged over the years: Show and Wall.
Ralph Pucci Mannequins
PUCCI Mannequins began as a mannequin repair shop in 1954. When Ralph joined the family business in 1976, he hired a sculptor to make original mannequins, and PUCCI designs started to reflect the spirit and creativity of pop culture. From the revolutionary “Workout” mannequins to the “Olympian Goddess” mannequins designed in conjunction with the legendary Andrée Putman for the Barneys downtown store, Pucci is a distinctive innovator of melding art and design.
The mannequin collections include avant-garde collaborations with fashion designers, illustrators and supermodels including Ruben Toledo, Anna Sui, Christy Turlington, Maira Kalman and Rebecca Moses. The mannequins are featured in high-end department stores, boutiques and museums worldwide including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Museum. In 2009, Ralph Pucci was the recipient of DDI’s Markopoulos Award, the highest distinction in the visual merchandising industry. In 2015, New York’s Museum of Art and Design presented an exhibition called “Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin” which then travelled to Northeastern University in Boston, Pucci’s alma mater.