THE ART OF THE WRITING DESK BY GOYARD
Traveling the world from one’s desk.
When Robert Goyard took the reins of the family business in 1928, he was 25 years-old and very much following family tradition. His father Edmond, was this exact age when he took charge from his father François in 1885, who was also 25, when he founded Maison Goyard in 1853.
Robert Goyard’s impact on the Maison proved considerable. Under his tenure the range of products by Goyard was entirely updated, and he instilled a fresh, more understated aesthetic with the addition of the woven « Jacquard » canvas he designed in 1965. The iconic chevron pattern remained, but the overall design was simplified, leaving the canvas bare of any name. His legacy gained greater signifcance with the organization of Comité Vendôme in 1936.
A war hero with a bold personality, sophisticated with a strong appreciation for beauty, Robert Goyard excelled at striking up friendships with the most notable figures of his time: Lauren Bacall, Yul Brynner and Jeanne Moreau were regular fixtures at the historical boutique at 233 rue, Saint-Honoré, along with a circle of writers and intellectuals, most notably Académie Française member Maurice Druon.
Robert Goyard received clients and friends alike in his small study on the first floor of the boutique, which was roughly the size of a cabin on the Orient Express or the SS Normandie. This cozy den with its panelled walls made of precious woods and cordovan leather has been preserved as a tribute to his legacy.
Robert Goyard’s many visitors from around the globe often marvelled at the refined and unique accessories decorating his desk, and many sought to convince him to share his creations. Maurice Druon succeeded and Robert began creating special order desk blotters for the Académie Française. He then went on to develop an entire range that included an array of amazing bookcase trunks available in various sizes for the occasional and voracious reader.
Robert Goyard remained at the helm of Goyard until his passing in 1979.
Goyard stayed true to his spirit and flair for stylish desk accessories and offers a collection of state-of-the-art blotters, pencil cases & holders, coin trays, stationery and writing instruments.
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