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André Sornay (1902 - 2000)


Table-desk with two folding extensions.
Table top in rosewood and mahogany base.

Height : 29.9 inches
Length closed : 78 inches
Length opened : 111 inches
Depth : 33.1 inches


André Sornay developed a system to speed up furniture assembly, submitting various patent applications between 1953 and 1955. The ‘Sornay tigette’ proved revolutionary. This process laid the foundations for what we term ‘kit’ or ‘self-assembly’ furniture today. Items of furniture could be produced via the simple assembly of a front frame with a back frame fitted with threaded inserts for receiving the threaded rods. Nuts were left exposed on the resulting frame.