Sideboard in mahogany with brass nails in all faces

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André Sornay (1902-2000)


Sideboard in mahogany with brass nails in all faces.
The cuffs and the two original keys are in varnished brass.
The main glass door under the drawer slides only on the right.

Height : 38.2 inches
Length : 70.5 inches
Depth : 18.9 inches


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.