Cheval glass and its armless chair

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Designer

André Sornay (1902-2000)

Description

Cheval glass and its armless chair.

Cheval glass :
Bird’s eye maple with brass nails and solid mahogany. Brass and glass.
Height: 71.3 inches
Width: 57.1 inches
Depth: 12.2 inches

Armless chair :
Bird’s eye maple with brass nails and solid mahogany.
Height: 40.2 inches
Width: 18.5 inches
Depth: 20.9 inches

C.1934

Ref. « André Sornay », Thierry Roche p.137

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.