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
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.
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:
Best wishes - Leli