André Sornay, ‘Sofa-bed’, ca. 1940, Galerie Alain Marcelpoil

Mattress : 74.8 x 47.2 x 17.7 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 lim- ited series of furniture that remained financially accessible.

Image rights: Michel Goiffon

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