Kukje Gallery is very pleased to present the exhibition of French designer Jean Royère. Instantly recognizable for his inventive use of materials and playful forms, Royère was a trend setting designer well ahead of his time. This will be his first major showing in Korea and will include works that span the full breadth of his long and stunning career.
Jean Royère’s design is characterized by his sensitive use of sumptuous textiles, wood, and metal. The quality and workmanship combined with an endlessly inventive approach to form makes a piece by Royère tasteful as well as luxurious. The designer was especially drawn to seating, and his couches and chairs display an iconic use of swooping lines and plush overstuffed upholstery that has become synonymous with Royère’s aesthetic philosophy.
Employing elaborate wooden armatures and metal forms, Royère created stylized curvaceous forms that he sheathed in a whole range of available fabrics including deep velvets, pastel silks, and bold-colored cottons. Favoring vibrant jewel tones, Royère’s genius lie in his ability to marry luxurious material choices with simple elegant objects that defined space without overwhelming it. He recognized that his furniture and interior design was in the service of his sophisticated clientele, and should be functional both when entertaining and in business. This vision has come to define twentieth century design, and Jean Royère was one of its first champions and his influence continues to be felt today.