Jean Royère was born in Paris in 1902. After completing his studies at Cambridge, he worked in banking and commerce until 1931, when he got his start in decorating. He took two years to familiarize himself with the profession at a manufacturing company in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, then went to work for Pierre Gouffé, who was to be his maker until 1942. He exhibited at the Salon d’Automne in 1934 and the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in 1935. His first pieces of furniture had very clean lines with no decoration. After the war, he designed unusually-shaped furniture using steel or perforated sheet metal. In 1942, he opened his own gallery, and in a few years had branches in Cairo, Beirut, Peru, and Iran. Large orders came in from heads of state such as King Farouk, King Hussein, and the Shah of Iran. He stopped working in 1970 and passed away in 1981.


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