Vertical bookcase

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André Sornay (1902 - 2000)


Vertical bookcase in Oregon pine with brass nails in red ochre color, vertical handle in varnished brass.

Height : 63.4 inches

Length : 20.1 inches

Depth : 12.6 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.