Personal Sornay office

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Designer

André SORNAY (1902 - 2000)

Description

Personal Sornay office in mahogany with brass nails, solid mahogany and brass-coated iron presented to the international exhibition of the Arts and Techniques in the modern Life in Paris in 1937. It consists of a desk with  system including three articulated round trays, two bridges, a bookcase in three elements, woodwork, a mask radiator and a ceiling light.

Height : 108.3 inches
Width : 95.7 inches
Depth : 94.5 inches and 56.7 inches

C.1936

Ref. « signé sornay. » p.353

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.