Kanye West, a longtime fan of design heavy hitters like Belgian decorator Axel Vervoordt, is now a serious style icon himself—he hosted a major fashion show (and listening party for the rapper’s new album, The Life of Pablo) at Madison Square Garden this year for the launch of his third collection with Adidas. And closer to home, West recently revealed his favorite furnishing in his new 9,000-square-foot Bel Air, California, residence: Jean Royère’s iconic Polar Bear sofa. With curved edges and soft faux-fur upholstery, the piece fits well with the minimalist white decor, which West previewed via social media. (He also noted that he is searching for the perfect bed—we’d like to submit our suggestions.)
In an ode to West’s favorite French designer, who is known for combining bright colors, luxurious organic shapes, and plush fabrics, we rounded up examples of Royère’s furnishings from the AD archives.
Photo: Douglas Friedman
In the living room of a London townhouse by François Catroux, a Jean Royère sofa (left) and a Vladimir Kagan sofa, lounge chair, and ottoman (all clad in sheepskin) mingle with Mauro Fabbro lamps from Alexandre Biaggi and a pair of custom-made interlocking ottomans; the rug is by Tai Ping.
Photo: Michael Moran
In the living room at his Hamptons retreat, architect Lee F. Mindel positioned a Jean Royère–designed sofa and chairs from 1947 beside the limestone fireplace. Behind the sofa is a 1930 floor lamp by Édouard-Wilfred Buquet, and on the 1955 Perriand wood low table are two green Georges Jouve vases and an ebony sculpture by Alexandre Noll.
Photo: Richard Powers
A large artwork by Jack Pierson presides over film and TV producer Brian Grazer’s California home office, where a plush sofa and chair and a wood cocktail table—all vintage pieces by Jean Royère—are joined by midcentury armchairs from France (left) and Italy; the rug was custom made by Mansour Modern.
Photo: Luke White
At one end of the drawing room in a London townhouse by Francis Sultana, a Jean Royère sofa is grouped with Bonetti polished-steel side tables and a Charlotte Perriand bench with a cushion covered in an Edelman Leather cowhide.
Photo: T. Whitney Cox
In the living room of a New York penthouse by William T. Georgis, yellow-and-white Jean Royère Small Oeuf chairs are grouped with the designer’s Sculpture chairs, upholstered in a Clarence House mohair.
Photo: Tim Beddow
In an English manor by Robert Couturier, the master bedroom’s four-poster was inspired by a 1970s design by Maria Pergay, and the Jean Royère sofa beneath the window is covered in a mohair by Dedar; the ’60s Pierre Paulin lounge chair is upholstered in an Edelman leather.
Photo: Jason Schmidt
At a Connecticut residence, decorator India Mahdavi grouped two pairs of sofas, twin screens, and cocktail tables in the living room—all of her own design—with vintage André Arbus lounge chairs and Jean Royère armchairs; the red metal floor lamp is also by Royère, the sculptural floor lamp at far left is by Andrea Branzi, and the rug is by Fedora Design.
Originally posted 2016-04-16 12:02:01.
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