Jean Royère, born in France in 1902, originally went into the import-export trade but later resigned from his position in 1931 for a dramatic career change. He wanted to become an interior designer and went to the Faubourg Saint-Antoine in Paris to learn the art of cabinetmaking in their workshops. After this training, he set up his own business and in 1934 was assigned to create the new layout for Brasserie Carlton on the Champs Elysées, which was a resounding success.
In 1950s Royère opened various shop branches internationally and was a key figure of the Avant-Garde. The King Farouk, King Hussein of Jordan and the Shah of Iran were all enamoured with Royère’s free and elegant designs and they commissioned him to create the layout of their palaces. Royère was a pioneer for a new style of design comprising bright colours, precious materials and organic forms. In 1980, Jean Royère left his home country for the USA, where he spent the last year of his life.