"After working for several years in the bank and the export area, Jean Royère chooses to embrace a belatedly career of decorator. It is from 1931 that Royère begins to familiarize with furniture trades, faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris, France. Very quickly, Jean Royère wins competitions and prizes and gets known in the world of decorators and Parisian clientele.
In 1942 Royère opens his first gallery at rue d’Argenson, 5 and begins to get bigger just after the war beyond the borders: in Egypt (1946), in the Lebanon (1947), then in Syria, in Jordan, in Saudi Arabia, in Iraq and in Iran. He realizes hudge construction sites such as Tehran senate (1958-1960), in Iran. From 1953 Jean Royère also shoots to South America, and opens offices in Peru and in Bra- zil.
But it’s in Paris where Royère concentrates his activity. From 1949, he settles a new gallery, wider, at rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 182 in which he will stay until the early 1970’s.
At the beginning of his career, Jean Royère is influenced by the famous decorators of the 1930’s such as Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, but also by modern artists such as Djo Bourgeois. Self-taught man, Royère evolves between 1933 and 1939 towards a style of his own, original and ingenious, “not connected with any school” he says himself. A single principle: the perfection in the harmony of the result. Full of humor, poetry, wonder but also boldness, these inovations reflect at the same time their creator’s imagination, but also the revival of the modern style."
Exhibited at Design Miami/ Paris 2023 Pair of armchairs, iconic model "Egg" in its high and narrow version. These armchairs have four conical and slender oak legs. The lines and volumes of the ‘Egg’ armchair make this piece of furniture truly sculptural. Its natural and sensual curves in- deed remind one’s of the talent of Jean Royère for drawing, for whom the shape determines the function, and not the reverse; his work always oscillates between tradition and modernity. The first ‘Egg’ model was designed around 1951 during Royère’s biomorphic creation period, which starts in 1939 when he presents the ‘Elephant calf’ armchair at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs.
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