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Jean Royère

French, 1902-1981

World traveler, polyglot and avant-garde visionary Jean Royère (1902–81) is one of the biggest names in French mid-century design. He was fascinated by different materials, such as raffia and zebrawood, and aesthetics from around the world, from Scandinavian modernism to the traditions of the Middle East. Owing to this venturesome spirit, Royère produced an eclectic body of work that truly doesn’t fit a singular style. One light fixture might have organic shapes reminiscent of Art Nouveau, while a table would be crafted with minimalist straw marquetry.

Born in Paris, Royère studied classics at Cambridge University and then worked for an import-export company. In 1931, he switched gears to design, studying cabinetmaking in the workshops of Faubourg Saint-Antoine and furniture making under the tutelage of Pierre Gouffé. He made his debut in interior design in 1934 when he won a design contest for the brasserie in the Hotel Carlton on the Champs-Élysées.

Royère’s most famous piece of furniture was his biomorphic Boule sofa, sometimes playfully called the Ours Polaire, or Polar Bear. Designed for his mother in 1947, the curved sofa with its fuzzy white velvet shocked the French interior design world when it was displayed at the Art et Industrie exhibition, but it proved enduringly popular with customers, such as the Shah of Iran, who purchased several for his daughter. Royère would continue to design furniture and interiors for an elite clientele, including the kings of Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Royère retired in 1972, then moved to the United States in 1980. After he died a year later, his archives were given to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His works continue to be highly coveted — Kanye West, for instance, once tweeted that the Polar Bear sofa is his favorite piece of furniture. In 2016, Galerie Patrick Seguin in Paris opened a retrospective of his distinctive designs, from the plush 1943 Eléphanteau chair to the 1963 Tour Eiffel table with its elegant metal supports.

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Located in Girona, Spain
DESCRIPTION: Walnut veneer storage cabinet with quadrangular opening and four doors decorated with gilded brass frame. Circa 1950, France. CONDITION: Very good condition. Wear consi...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Jean Royère

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Rare Pair Chrome Jean Royere Coat Hooks Racks Hangers Mid-Century French 1950s
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Jean Royère

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Mid-Century Bar Stool in the style of Jean Royère, Iron and Leather, Italy
By Jean Royère
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century 'Quattro Sgabelli' Bar Stool in the style of Jean Royère, Iron and Leather, Italy, 1950s - Sold Individually
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Wrought Iron and Comblanchien Limestone "Ruban" Coffee Table by Jean Royère
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Located in New York City, NY
Impressive, refined "Ruban" coffee table by Jean Roye`re. The wrought iron and brass frame is quintessentially modern, an impressive feat given the table was designed in 1949. ...
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1940s French Modern Vintage Jean Royère

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Limestone, Brass, Wrought Iron

Jean Royere Coffee Table
By Jean Royère
Located in Philadelphia, PA
French Modernist Art Deco coffee table by Jean Royere, 1937, in black rosewood and satinwood, made by Goufe. Documented. 47" long x 17" deep x 20" high. Wo...
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage Jean Royère

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Rosewood, Satinwood

Jean Royere Coffee Table
Jean Royere Coffee Table
H 20 in W 47 in D 17 in
'40s Jean Royère 'Sangle' Armchair in cotton and wood
By Jean Royère
Located in Paris, FR
Jean Royère 'Sangle' armchair 1946 Wood, cotton Measures: 81 x 53 x 55 cm
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1940s French Vintage Jean Royère

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Cotton, Wood

Lamp
By Jean Royère
Located in Paris, FR
Table lamp "Cage" with eight braced branches in square section in gold-patinated iron.
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Jean Royère

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Iron

Lamp
Lamp
H 13.78 in W 12.21 in D 12.21 in
Jean Royère, Plant Stand
By Jean Royère
Located in San Francisco, CA
A plant stand made of iron, with three spots for planters.
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1950s French Vintage Jean Royère

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Iron

Jean Royère, Plant Stand
Jean Royère, Plant Stand
H 25 in W 32 in D 8.5 in
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Jean Royère furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Jean Royère furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Jean Touret, Marc Held, and Philippe Cheverny. Prices for Jean Royère furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $445 and can go as high as $33,203, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $5,378.

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