Modernist Designers Series / Jean Royère

From his wide variety of furniture lines to the palaces he designed for kings (really, kings), this designer’s portfolio is as impressive as his contribution to the Modernist movement.

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Jean Royère (1902-1981)
Interior Designer

Jean Royère’s professional career did not start in design. He was in the import-export trade industry when he felt called to learn cabinetmaking. The rest is history.

In 1934, he designed the Brasserie Carlton on the Champs-Elysées and it ignited his career. Soon he was designing furniture and luxury interiors across Europe, Latin America, and the Near East.

It’s difficult to identify one style that is characteristic to Royère; instead, his diverse designs reveal an appreciation for creative freedom and ingenuity. His most famous pieces are his Polar Bear and Egg chairs, which embrace luxurious materials, organic forms, and modern simplicity.

Polar Bear Sofa and Chairs, 1949  (   source   )

Polar Bear Sofa and Chairs, 1949 (source)

Egg Chair, 1950s  (   source   )

Egg Chair, 1950s (source)

By contrast, his Eiffel Tower series consists of far fewer organic curves — yet luxe material and crisp edges are just as modern and beautiful.

Eiffel Tower Coffee Table, 1950  (   source   )

Eiffel Tower Coffee Table, 1950 (source)

Eiffel Tower Table, 1963  (   source   )

Eiffel Tower Table, 1963 (source)

Above all, Royère placed emphasis on the presence of his designs, not ornate decoration. Shape and volume, color and material, these were the details that gave his designs life in their spaces.

In 1980, Royère left France and lived out the rest of his days in the United States.

More Modern Designs by Jean Royère

“Sculpture” Sofa and Armchairs, 1956  (   source   )

“Sculpture” Sofa and Armchairs, 1956 (source)

Elephant armchair, 1955  (   source   )

Elephant armchair, 1955 (source)

Ambassador Armchairs, 1955  (   source   )

Ambassador Armchairs, 1955 (source)

Medallion Set, 1955  (   source   )

Medallion Set, 1955 (source)

"Croisillon" Sideboard / Credenza, 1940  (   source   )

"Croisillon" Sideboard / Credenza, 1940 (source)

“Ondulation” Coffee Table, 1946  (   source   )

“Ondulation” Coffee Table, 1946 (source)

Demi-Lune Dressing Table, 1939  (   source   )

Demi-Lune Dressing Table, 1939 (source)

Inspiration / ICFF + NYC Design Week 2018

Form + Field loves to travel the world for design inspiration, but attending international design shows is a close second. This year’s ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) and NYC Design Week didn’t disappoint, introducing us to several talented designers and their beautiful creations.

Here are just a few we’re excited to share with you...

Noemi Saga Atelier



This daybed’s use of leather, dark Caesarstone quartz, and complementary shapes is simply stunning. (image source)

Eny Lee Parker

Savannah, Georgia


We loved everything new designer Eny Lee Parker shared at ICFF, including these eye-catching Oo Lamps. (image source)


Hostýnem, Czech Republic


We can’t resist a well-designed chair, and the intriguing curves of TON’s Chip Chairs make it no exception. (image source)

Sun at Six

Brooklyn, NY


We discovered Sun at Six and the secret behind their beautiful woodwork: traditional Chinese joinery, a process that uses intricate, interwoven joints instead of nails or screws. (image source)


New York, NY


Not only would Eskayel’s abstract rug designs fit perfectly into a modern-styled space, their use of materials like merino wool and silk make them highly touchable. (image source)


Stockholm, Sweden


The best chair designs are the ones that compel you to take a seat! FOGIA’s wingback and dining chairs accomplish this and more... (image source)


Inspiration / FOG Design+Art Fair

For the last five years, the FOG Design+Art Fair has occupied Fort Mason in a four-day exhibition of the latest in art and design. Galleries from around the world and from right here in San Francisco come to display the work of both famous and up-and-coming talent.

In every visit to FOG, we’ve found new artists, designs we love, and concepts to inspire our own interior design projects. Here are some of our favorite finds from this year’s event.


Gallery: Jessica Silverman, SF

We love Davina Semo's creative contrast between industrial, chain-link material and seemingly organic, rippling folds. / Image Credit


Gallery: Friedman Benda, NYC

Faye Toogood uses elegant curves and color to define our perception of weight and strike an intriguing balancing act. Originally intended for a child’s nursery, her mobile designs have morphed into something else altogether: perfection. (We’re using one of Toogood’s tapestries in a design project, as well, and can’t get enough of her diverse body of work!) / Image Credit


Gallery: Pace Gallery, Palo Alto

Kohei Nawa was a new artist discovery for us. Each of his pieces is an innovative experiment in perception and in the form’s definition and relationship with light. He meticulously plans every glass orb that is placed on the taxidermied animals. Otherworldly and beautiful.


Gallery: David Zwirner, NYC

Ruth Asawa, whose work is typically known for having more roundness of form, surprised us with these nature-inspired, wire hanging sculptures. Their shadows are nearly as fascinating as the sculptures themselves.


Gallery: The Landing Gallery, Los Angeles 

We loved discovering the work of J.B. Blunk, a local sculptor and protégé of renown artist and architect, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988). Come April, check out his work in person at the Oakland Museum of California where they bring together a comprehensive survey of his work. / Image Credit


Gallery: R & Company, NYC

Scene by one of our favorite designers Pierre Yovanovitch, who is based in Paris. Yovanovitch transforms simple, modern forms into an orchestra of contrasting shapes, shadows, and textures.

What's inspiring you from FOG Art+Design? We'd love to hear.

Inspiration / Mission Bay Penthouse

We’re in the midst of a fun, new project located in the rapidly growing San Francisco neighborhood of Mission Bay. Our client asked for bold colors, luxurious textures, and clean, modern lines with a dash of whimsy.  Here’s some of the images that inspired us during the concept phase:

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Like bold colors? Take a look at a few of our picks to capture a similar vibe for yourself:

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Inspiration / Luis Barragan

Luis Barragan (1902-1988), one of Mexico’s greatest architects, is known for his use of bright colors that reference the traditional architecture of Mexico. Luis also consulted for many international architects on landscape design including Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute, and was particularly gifted with integrating outdoor spaces with their interior counterparts, incorporating water features throughout. Now that we’re in full summer mode, it seems especially timely to share some of Luis Barragan’s colorful work!