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Jean Royere 'Ours Polaire' French Art Deco / Art Moderne Style Sofa and/or Club Chairs
Based on the original designs of Jean Royere, Circa 1946
Custom, Made-to-Order Reproductions in your choice of 7 fabric textures
American Made, 2011



Decodame is now offering Custom Made-to-Order Reproductions of the famous 1946 sofa and club chairs,
 called the 'Ours  Polaire' (Polar Bear).
Available in your choice of seven different types of fabrics, each with it's own selection of colors.

Jean Royère first conceived the 'Ours Polaire' sofa - also called 'Banane' , 'Haricot' or 'Boule' ,
 for the redecoration of his mother's apartment in the rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré in Paris in 1946.
Within a year, he included it in the exhibition "La residence Francaise", organized by Art et Industrie magazine.
Although concealed beneath the sofa's curvaceous, soft exterior, its underlying wooden structure is assembled according to traditional furniture making techniques, as are the Decodame pieces.
It was the imposing proportions and plush velvet fabric Royère selected for the sofa,
a soft velour from Italy, which led to the sofa being christened after it's long-haired namesake, the Polar bear.



Order by piece or order multiple pieces to create the seating group you require:
-place twin sofas facing each other
-four club chairs in a group around a round cocktail table.
-a salon suite as shown here, with a sofa and pair of club chairs.

Shown above in green velvet, we are offering this wonderful grand scale sofa and chair design
in your choice of the 7 upholstery fabrics detailed below.

We are creating this in a variety of 7 Fabric options, each with different fabric contents,
 all offering heavy duty use in a soft texture that recalls the spirit of the original sofa and chairs by Jean Royere. 
Each texture offers an extensive selection of colors and shades to suit your decor.

We suggest that before ordering in your final fabric selection,
you request cuttings for your approval (from us) in the fabric you are considering.
Price points vary by fabric selection and include the sofa or chair construction and fabric yardage needed for each. You may purchase a sofa, chair(s) or purchase a 3 piece suite (a sofa and pair of chairs) at a special price.


We are thrilled to offer our clients this wonderful design, at a very attractive and affordable price.
Prices vary according to Fabric selected. We have chosen all high quality fabrics with a wide variety of colors,
in various price ranges. Please scroll down to see all of the choices that are available.

Sorry, COM (Customer's Own Material) or COL (Customer's Own Leather) options
are NOT available on these items.


Because of the difficult nature in producing this design, only certain types of fabrics can be applied
to this challenging frame design.
The fabrics must have some stretch on the bias to form around the bold curves,
and also must be compatible with the required hand stitching that is needed to make the pieces
authentic to the original design.

If you are coordinating with other fabrics, please feel free to send us samples or cuttings
of your existing fabrics to assist you in your selection for this Royere collection.

Dimensions: Sofa Dimensions: 108" wide x 34" high x 42" deep
Chair Dimensions: 48" wide x 34" high x 42" deep
Custom Ottomans available and made to order per your size request.

Condition: New, Made to Order - 12 to 15 week lead time required.

When ordering, please use item # FADSC62, sofa, chair or 3 pc suite,
Please select your fabric type (A through G) and color from the collections below..
Pricing is inclusive of the upholstery fabric and construction costs. Shipping is additional.

Pricing for Fabric A (Chenille): Sofa $ 7,500.  Chairs $ 3,900. each
3 piece Suite: $ 14,300.

Pricing for Fabric B (100% Cotton Velvet) : Sofa $ 7,800.  Chairs $ 4,300.each
3 piece Suite: $ 15,400.

Pricing for Fabric C (Velvet Viscose & Cotton Blend): Sofa $ 10,500. Chairs $ 5,200.each
3 piece Suite: $ 19,900.

Pricing for Fabric D (Crushed Velvet Viscose & Cotton Blend )  Sofa $ 11,100.  Chairs $ 5,570.each
3 piece suite: $ 21,240.

Pricing for Fabric E (100% Silk Velvet) : Sofa $ 12,100.   Chairs $ 6,000.each
3 piece Suite: $ 23,100.

Pricing for Fabric F (100% Wool Mohair) : Sofa $ 13,100.  Chairs $ 6,500.each
3 piece Suite: $ 25,100.

Pricing for Fabric G (Luxe Mohair Cotton Blend) : Sofa: $ 15,900.  Chairs: $ 7,730.  each
3 piece suite: $ 30,360.

purchase this item

See Pricing with each of the 7 fabric choices below:


FADSC62-A. Ours Polaire created in the Chenille Collection, Fabric # SFV4

Pricing for Fabric A (Chenille): Sofa $ 7,500.  Chairs $ 3,900. each
3 piece Suite: $ 14,300.

Fabric Details: Commercial Grade Chenille, ideal for hotel lobbies and high use areas.
Soft, low pile, woven 100% Polyester Chenille. Soft to the touch and flexible, with a low pile height.
Rated as heavy duty furniture grade upholstery fabric.
Able to withstand 102,000 double rubs with an acrylic backing and Teflon coating.
Available in a multitude of colors and shades, shown below:


a. Terracota

b. Stormy Sea

c. Slate

d. Sand


e. Sage


f. Rust

g. Rouge

h. Pumpkin


i. Plum


j. Off White

k. Ochre

l. Ocean


m. Neutral


n. Milk Chocolate

o. Lipstick

p. Lime


q. Leaf


r. Ink


s. Ice

t. Honey


u. Henna


v. Harvest

w. Grass

x. Grape


y. Gingersnap


z. Forrest

za: Ebony

zb: Deepest Green


zc: Deep Sea


zd: Dark Chocolate

ze: Dare

zf: Crème


zg: Colonial Blue


zh: Cognac

zi: Celery

zj: Caramel


zk: Burgundy


zl: Brown Bear

zm: Beige

zn: Bay


zo: Bark


zp: Aqua

zq: Aloe

zr: Almond


zs: Acorn


zt: Wheat
   

 

FADSC62-B. Ours Polaire created in the Pure Cotton Velvet Collection,  Fabric #  # SFV2

Pricing for Fabric B (100% Cotton Velvet) : Sofa $ 7,800.  Chairs $ 4,300.each
3 piece Suite: $ 15,400.

Fabric Details: 100% Cotton Velvet. Soft to the touch and flexible, with a very low pile height.
Rated as heavy duty furniture grade upholstery fabric. Water repellent finish.
Able to withstand 100,000 double rubs.
Available in a multitude of colors and shades, shown below:


a. Teal Blue

b. Straw

c. Spice

d. Slate Blue

e. Seashore

f. Ruby

g. Peridot

h. Muted Sage

i. Milk Chocolate

j. Lite Slate Blue

k. Goldrush

l. Red

m. Espresso

n. Dark Taupe

o. Crème

p. Coffee Bean

q. Carob

r. Carmel

s. Burgundy

t. Aqua

u. Camel

v. Taupe

w. Tan

x. Sunshine

y. Scarlet

z. Sand

za. Rouge

zb. Paprika

zc. Green Olive

zd. Grape

ze. Ginger

zf. Forrest

zg. Ebony

zh. Deep Sage

zi. Deep Purple

zj. Dark Beige

zk. Citrus Green

zl. Brown

zm. Bordeaux

zn. Beach

zo. Bark
     

 

 FADSC62-C. Ours Polaire created in the Lustre Crushed Velvet Collection, Fabric # SFV1

Pricing for Fabric C (Velvet Viscose & Cotton Blend): Sofa $ 10,500. Chairs $ 5,200.each
3 piece Suite: $ 19,900.

Fabric Details: Plush, low pile 30% cotton/70% Viscose blend to create a soft Velvet with a lustrous sheen with a subtle washed, crushed finish. Soft to the touch and flexible, with a low to medium pile height. As with most velvets, you will see some nap impressions and direction markings as this is the nature of velvet. Rated as heavy duty furniture grade upholstery fabric. 
Able to withstand 30,000 double rubs. Made in Italy.

Available in a multitude of colors and shades, shown below:


a. Water Blue

b. Smoky Amethyst

c. Leaf

d. Horizon Blue

e. Henna

f. Golden Wheat

g. Ginger

h. Fuschia

i. Delft Blue

j. Cognac

k. Basil

l. Tourmaline

 

FADSC62-D.Ours Polaire created in the Crushed Velvet Collection, Fabric # SFV5

Pricing for Fabric D (Crushed Velvet Viscose & Cotton Blend )  Sofa $ 11,100.  Chairs $ 5,570.each
3 piece suite: $ 21,240.

Fabric Details: Made in Italy Plush, deep pile Italian Velvet. Super soft to the touch and flexible, with a medium pile height. As with most medium pile velvets, you will see some nap impressions as this is the nature of velvet. Available in a multitude of colors and shades:


a. Midnight Blue

b. Teal

c. Aubergine

d. Plum

e. Russet

f. Chocolate

g. Mole

h. Soft Gold

i.  Silver Grey

 


FADSC62-
E.Ours Polaire created in the Silk Velvet Collection, Fabric # SFV3

Pricing for Fabric E (100% Silk Velvet) : Sofa $ 12,100.   Chairs $ 6,000.each
3 piece Suite: $ 23,100.

Fabric Details: Plush, deep pile 100% Silk Velvet. Soft to the touch and flexible, with a medium pile height. As with most medium pile velvets, you will see some nap impressions as this is the nature of velvet. Rated as heavy duty furniture grade upholstery fabric. Able to withstand 30,000 double rubs. Available in a multitude of colors and shades, shown below:


a. Henna

b. Slate Blue

c. Persimmon

d. Nutmeg

e. Loden

f. Heritage Green

g. Fig

h. Ecru

i. Cinnamon

j. Blush

k. Alabaster

l. Wine

m. Turquoise

n. Truffle

o. Sage

p. Pebble

q. Palm

r. Mulberry

s. Misty Blue

t. Lapis

u. Lacquer

v. Espresso

w. Curry

x. Amber

 

FADSC62-F. Ours Polaire created in the Plush Mohair Collection, Fabric # SMF1

Pricing for Fabric F (100% Wool Mohair) : Sofa $ 13,100.  Chairs $ 6,500.each
3 piece Suite: $ 25,100.

Fabric Details: Plush, deep pile 100% wool mohair, with 100% cotton backing.
Medium to deep pile height, soft to the touch and flexible.
Does not show pile direction as velvets tend to do.
Mothproofed and rated as heavy duty furniture grade upholstery fabric. 
Able to withstand 80,000 double rubs.

Made in the Netherlands
Available in a multitude of colors and shades, shown below:


a. Amber

b. Ocean

c. Bluestone

d. Mushroom

e. Olive

f. Dark Coffee

g. Charcoal

h. Brown

i. Naturale

j. Sandstone

k. Teak

l. Truffle

m. Flint

n. Ivory

o. Mica

p. Umber

q. Truffle

r. Thyme

s. Tea Leaf

t. Stone

u. Spice

v. Sea Mist

w. Sand

x. Saffron

y. Pumice

z. Plum

za. Platinum

zb. Persimmon

zc. Onyx

ze. Merlot

zf. Lacquer

zg. Java

zh. Henna

zi. Greystone Dark


zj. Greystone


zk. Ginger

zl. Deep Plum

zm. Chambray

zn. Caper

zo. Bronze

zp. Azure

zq. Ash

zr. Wheat

zs. Basil

 

 FADSC62-G. Ours Polaire created in the Harlow Luxe Mohair Collection, Fabric  # SMF2

Pricing for Fabric G (Luxe Mohair Cotton Blend) : Sofa: $ 15,900.  Chairs: $ 7,730.  each
3 piece suite: $ 30,360.

Fabric Details: Soft Mohair / Cotton Blend, Made in Italy
Plush and luxurious, deep pile Italian Mohair blend.
The cotton and poly blend make this much softer to the touch than most mohair.
Very flexible, with a nice rich, high pile height.

Available in a multitude of colors and shades:


a. Fawn

b. Aubergine

c. Pearl

d. Flannel Grey
e. Dove
f. Vicuna

g. Aloe

h. Bottle

i.  Loden

j. Gilt

k. Cadet

l. Navy
m. Slate
n. Mushroom
o. Cocoa

 


p. Chestnut
q. Black
r. Crimson

s. Burgundy
 

Additional information on the Original Royere Ours Polaire collection:

The original period sofas and chairs were produced between 1946-1965 and have always commanded
extremely high prices at auction; some recent auction examples are listed below:

November 25th, 2009 an Ours Polaire pair of club chairs sold at Sotheby's Paris for $ 217,902. US Dollars
October 15, 2009 a Ours Polaire sofa sold at Phillips in London for $ 214,612. US Dollars
June 4, 2009 a Ours Polaire pair of club chairs sold at Sotheby's Paris for $ 174,544. US Dollars
June 3, 2009 a Ours Polaire sofa sold at Phillips in New York for $ 194,000. US Dollars
June 3, 2008 a Ours Polaire sofa and pair of club chairs sold at Sotheby's Paris for $ 802,853. US Dollars
Even 10 years earlier, May 11, 1999 a Ours Polaire pair of club chairs sold at Sotheby's London for $ 139,675.US

  

Ours Polaire in the folowing Publications:
Yvonne Brunhammer, Le Mobilier Francais 1930-1960, Paris, 1997, p. 139 for a drawing
Jean Royere, exh. cat., Galerie Jacques Lacoste, Paris, 1999, pp. 24, 40, 63 and 83-85
 Jean Royere, Decorateur a Paris, exh. cat., Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, 1999, pp. 9-10, 25, 41, 60, 63, 70-72, 76, 161, 165 and pp. 12, 115, 122-123 and 125 for drawings
 Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, Jean Royere, Paris, 2002, pp. 45, 143, 210-211, 226-229, 231-232, 247, 266, 285, 291 and pp. 15 and 233 for drawings
Axel de Heeckeren, Jansen Présent Jean Royère, exh. cat., Paris, 1985, pls. 29 and 60
Pierre Passebon and Galerie du Passage, Jean Royère: Mobilier, Paris, 1992, p. 86
Pierre Kjellberg, Le Mobilier du XXe Siècle, Paris, 2000, p. 562
Patrick Favardin, Les Décorateurs des années 50, Paris, 2002, pp. 72 and 334
Jean Royère, Jansen Exhibition Catalogue, 1985, pl. 29

Designer Bio: Jean Royere (1902-1981)

One of the all-time greatest French designers, Jean Royere succeeded in establishing his individuality
by creating and implementing unique designs for interior space.
Born in 1902 in France, Jean Royere had started showing his skills as an interior decorator at the age of 29,
shortly after resigning from a trading firm. He then began to work with Pierre Gouffe in 1931.
From there, he rose to fame with his unique unconventional approach to interior design.
Jean found immediate success in 1934 when he designed the new layout of the Brasserie Carlton
on the Champs Elysees. In all his designs Jean Royere employed traditional artisan techniques
and often his designs are personal and innovative.  He opened his own gallery in 1942 at
184, Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honore for the purpose of exhibiting his collections.
He later opened branch offices in Cairo, Beirut, Peru and Iran in 1946, 1947, 1953 and 1958 respectively.
His works in the Middle East helped him earn large commissions which also gave him the opportunity
to work with the royalty and the heads of various states. Royere's royal patrons included King Farouk of Egypt,
King Hussein of Jordan and the Shah of Iran, all of whom where impressed by his creations
and hence entrusted Jean with the interior design of their palaces.

Jean Royere had different innovative interior furniture design concepts in his mind and his products
often combine bright colors, organic forms and precious materials.
Some of his commercial works include the Sheet Stool, designed using ebonized wood
and goat-fur upholstery, the Bar cart in brass and ebonized wood, and the adjustable floor lamp designed in 1956.
He had his initial designs of chairs with perforated metal backs and seats,
for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques in 1937 and these had served as the precursors
of his related future designs. Following decoration and furnishing for the French delegation in Helsinki in 1951,
he also found time to undertake and complete interior decoration for residences of his family members,
spread across Saint-Tropez, Auray, Marly and the Baleric Islands. Leaving Paris in 1980,
Jean spent his final years in the United States, until his death in 1981. Before leaving for US,
Jean donated his entire collection of archives to the Museum of the Decorative Arts of Paris.
Royere died in 1981 in US, after enjoying a flourishing career from 1931 to 1970.

Jean Royere's works are often being exhibited at various exhibitions and art galleries.
In recent years the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris and the Sonnabend Gallery in New York
have both displayed extensive exhibitions, both using the Ours Polaire sofas.

Shown below: A set of our Custom Reproductions, newly constructed,
in a green velvet fabric

 

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