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Q: History of furniture ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: History of furniture
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: csbeck-ga
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Posted: 13 Jul 2004 05:21 PDT
Expires: 12 Aug 2004 05:21 PDT
Question ID: 373404
what is the history of royere - the furniture designer
Subject: Re: History of furniture
Answered By: leli-ga on 13 Jul 2004 10:33 PDT
Royère was born in Paris in 1902.  His education did not include any
training in arts or crafts, and his adult life began with a job in
exporting. After a few years as an amateur decorator, he decided to
make a career of interior design. Starting in 1931 he spent two years
in a furniture factory learning his craft, and then in 1933 he
designed a fashionable brasserie-bar.

Following this success, Royère collaborated with cabinetmaker Pierre
Gouffé, and his work was shown at many major exhibitions. After the
Second World war Royère was the first French decorator to open design
houses abroad. He worked in several foreign countries, especially in
the Middle East, designing both public and private buildings, some for
royalty. He stopped designing in the 1970s and died in 1982.

Some articles stress that he liked to design an entire space. His
furniture was often conceived as part of a wider plan, not just as
individual pieces.

The following webpages will offer more information, but unfortunately
most material on Royère is in French, and so there are only three
pages in English.
For help with the French websites, try Google's machine translation tool:
It's useful, but far from perfect, so do ask if you need further help
with the language.

Royère interiors

The World of Royère


Royère the fantasist

Hotel St-Georges, Beirut

Majdalani and Royère

Jean Royère, Paris decorator

The End of Ornament

First book on Royère in English

I hope you find this helpful. You may find other useful material,
especially pictures, by exploring these searches:

Royère furniture 

Royère meubles

Royère décorateur

Jean Royère

Best wishes - Leli

Clarification of Answer by leli-ga on 13 Jul 2004 13:53 PDT
Here's a biographical outline going up to 1955:
Subject: Re: History of furniture
From: nenna-ga on 13 Jul 2004 08:16 PDT
I'm not posting this as an answer, because I feel it does not qualify,
but you may want to order this book or find a copy and read the
section about him.

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