By the age of 30 Jean Royère had already established his brilliant career as a decorator. After eschewing the functionalism so in vogue in the 1930s, in 1939, at the Salon des artistes Décorateurs, he presented a boudoir which provocatively marked the return of ornament. A keen observer of contemporary design, Royère was an early discoverer of the Scandinavian and Italian designers - especially Alvar Aalto and Gio Ponti - and their new forms freely associating a set of ornaments, and employed them in variations of extreme virtuosity. From 1931 to 1972, Royère completed over a thousand projects around the globe, from the interior design of the Cité ouvrière d'Aplemont, a workers' housing development in northern France, to the decoration of the palace of the shah of Iran, creating a style evoking a desire for freedom and lightness that would leave its mark on an entire era and many of his contemporary designers. His furniture and objects, notably his emblematic armchairs and Ours sofas, are now the passionate focus of collectors of art and design around the world. Prefaced by Jean-Louis Gaillemin, JEAN ROYERE enables readers to discover and enrich their knowledge of little-known aspects of Jean Royère's oeuvre, largely thanks to some one hundred new illustrations. For his PhD in art history, Pierre-Emmanuel Martinivier wrote a thesis on the life and work of the decorator Jean-Michel Frank, which was published by Editions Norma in 2006. A specialist in decorative arts of the twentieth century, he participated in several exhibitions, including "Jean Royere, Decorator in Paris," at the museum of decorative Arts in Paris. A recognized expert on the art market, he is also head of the Art of the Twentieth Century department at Christie's since 2013. He is the author of Max Ingrand, Norma, 2009.
Jean Royère is a comprehensive monograph on Jean Royère, a key figure of the avant-garde movement in the 1950s. This book features more than 150 contemporary photographs of iconic furniture that highlight an era of contemporary designers.
• Hardcover Pages: 320
• Illustrations: 250 color, 150 b&w
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