Jean Royère (1902-1981) was one of the most famous postwar iconic french designer. He started his career in 1929 and in 1933 received his first major order : the Carlton bar on the Champs Elysées. The International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life of 1937 revealed its talent. The critics praised this designer for the simplicity of its original high quality furnishings. He designed a new type of furniture which were easy to use, he choose both modern and noble materials.
In the 1950s, his work evolves towards a free reinvention of furniture, but still functional : vine wall lamp, ball couch, polar bear chair… Today, its original creations are one of the most expensive. A 1954 Polar Bear couch, has been sold for the colossal amount of 397,500€ during a Parisian auction house sale in November 2014.