Compact and fluid, robust and delicate, the chairs, lamps, chandeliers, sofas, and desks of Jean Royère (1902–1981) exude a sensuous confidence, suggesting both comfort and alertness. This linen-bound monograph is comprised of two slipcased volumes. The first explores the designer’s work across four themes inspired by his creations: “The Vegetal Realm,” “The Animal World,” “The Imaginative Realm,” and “Line and Design.” Prefaces by Jacques Lacoste and Patrick Seguin are followed by interviews with Lorenz Baümer, Béatrice Salmon, and Christian Lacroix, and a chapter looking back to the 2008 Royère exhibition at New York’s Sonnabend Gallery. The second volume opens with a 1963 interview with Royère by Pascal Renous, and then presents the “Jean Royère Repertoire”: 380 items of furniture and other creations accompanied by detailed references and illustrations of variants. The volume is rounded out by a sketchbook of 156 previously unpublished Royère drawings.
Edition Galerie Jacques Lacoste/Galerie Patrick Seguin