André Sornay was born in 1902 in Lyon. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. In 1919, after the death of his father, he took over the family business. The following year he abandoned the furniture of style and began to realize contemporary furniture; Sornay is partisan of the rationalization and the geometrical stylization. He worked with exotic woods. In 1932 he invented and patented an ornamental process which was to become the emblem of Sornay's company, the "cloutage"; this technique is not only aesthetic but also functional as it gives stability to the construction of the furniture. From 1945 to 1958, André Sornay's company underwent a transition from semi-industrial production linked to nailing to the rationalisation of forms and manufacturing mechanisms. André Sornay passed away in 2000.


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