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André Sornay (1902-2000)


A lamp in rosewood with brass nails. Ivory coloured shade.

Height : 20.9 inches
Diameter : 17.7 inches


Ref. « signé sornay. » p.202

The stacking of plywood discs on top of one another provides an obvious illustration of the designer’s wish to draw attention to the structural properties of the material used. The piece of wood obtained through the stacking process was turned to produce a cylinder. The plies that constituted the plywood were then displayed as a decorative feature. Paul Dupré-Lafon created his lamp stands using a similar technique, with leather discs cut out with a press knife and then stacked on top of one another. Later, in the early 1970s, Frank O’Ghery would use the stacking method as well, to create a table lamp with a cylindrical stand made out of layered corrugated cardboard.