Pair of bookcases / doorway

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André Sornay (1902 - 2000)


Pair of bookcases that served as doorway. Mahogany with brass nails and solid mahogany.

Height : 95.5 inches
Length : 117.7 inches
Width : 8.5 inches

Each bookcase measures 29.5 inches in length.

Opening dimension : 58.7 inches in length and 88.8 inches in height.


André Sornay developed his first patent in 1932: the concept of “cloutage” that evokes aeroplane rivets. This new assembly technique involved attaching veneered panels onto a structure using small nails (“clous”). The alignment of these nails became both an element of decoration and a trademark. This patent led to the manufacture of limited series of furniture that remained financially accessible.