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André Sornay Chairs

French, 1902-2000

Although he is among the least known of the like-minded French Art Deco furniture designers of his era, André Sornay introduced innovative fabrication techniques and a unique decorative style to his modernist seating, case pieces and other creations.

Sornay was born in Lyon in 1902, and graduated from École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in 1918. His career as a furniture designer began in 1919 when he was appointed head of his family’s furniture company after his father’s death. 

In the early 1920s — inspired by the Bauhaus and De Stijl as well as his friends and fellow French avant-garde designers Francis Jourdain and Pierre Chareau — Sornay shifted the company’s focus from manufacturing period reproductions to creating contemporary designs.

Sornay’s work fused tradition with modernism. He preferred to work with metals, exotic woods such as mahogany and rosewood, rubber and Duco lacquer for a range of cabinets, desks, chairs and mirrors. Sornay’s pieces featured sleek brass drawer pulls and sharply geometric lines, and the distinctive mode that he worked in was known throughout Lyon as “Le Style Sornay.”

Sornay was also recognized for his inventive design methods that were not only decorative but functional. In 1932, he patented the cloudage technique — studding the perimeter of veneered furniture panels with uniform brass nails. Sornay integrated this technique into his wardrobes, side tables and the armchairs he designed, which were frequently defined by clean lines and  sharp angles. In the early 1950s, he also patented a technique called the “Tigette,” which allowed for quick and easy assembly or disassembly of modular furniture — a forerunner to IKEA’s flat-packed furniture.

While Sornay isn’t as well known as other European modernists like Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, he attracted modest attention at exhibitions of the day, such as the 1923 Salon d’Automne and the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, the design fair that brought the Art Deco style to the world. He was awarded the bronze medal at Paris’s Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in 1937.

In the late 1950s, Sornay ceded control of his furniture design company to his children, remaining as an advisor until production ceased in 1999. He died the following year. 

On 1stDibs, discover a range of vintage André Sornay case pieces and storage cabinets, seating and tables.

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Creator: André Sornay
Pair of Andre Sornay bridge chairs stained Oregon pine, ebonised wood
By Andre Sornay
Located in grand Lancy, CH
Pair of bridge chairs stained Oregon pine on the back side , lacquer olive green color wood, brass nail-heads and fabric upholstery, each underside stamped 'BREVETE SORNAY/FRANCE ETR...
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1930s French Vintage André Sornay Chairs

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Pair of Andre Sornay bridge chairs stained Oregon pine, ebonised wood
By Andre Sornay
Located in grand Lancy, CH
Pair of bridge chairs stained Oregon pine on the back side , lacquer olive green color wood, brass nail-heads and fabric upholstery, each underside stamped 'BREVETE SORNAY/FRANCE ETR...
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1930s French Vintage André Sornay Chairs

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Wood

Andre Sornay Set of 2 Chairs in Solid Wood and Grey Lacquer, 1960
By Andre Sornay
Located in JASSANS-RIOTTIER, FR
Set of 2 chairs designed by the famous French cabinetmaker Andre Sornay in 1960. Composed of a 4 legs base, completed by a lacquered seat and backrest, structure in wood All assem...
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20th Century French Mid-Century Modern André Sornay Chairs

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Brass

Set of 2 Chairs by Andre Sornay, 1960
By Andre Sornay
Located in JASSANS-RIOTTIER, FR
Set of 2 chairs designed by Andre Sornay in France in the 1950s Structure with 4 feet in mahogany, seat and back in wood covered with a off white lacq...
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Mid-20th Century French André Sornay Chairs

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Wood, Lacquer

Set of 2 Chairs by Andre Sornay, 1960
By Andre Sornay
Located in JASSANS-RIOTTIER, FR
Set of 2 chairs designed by Andre Sornay in France in the 1950s Structure with 4 feet in mahogany, seat and back in wood covered with a black lacquer ...
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Mid-20th Century French André Sornay Chairs

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Wood, Lacquer

Andre Sornay Beech Slatted Wood Dining Chairs, France, circa 1960 Mid Century
By Andre Sornay
Located in Milano, IT
Set of six Andre Sornay solid beech wood slatted chairs circa 1960 Lyon, France. Mid-Century Modern style. Note the curve in the seat makes these very ...
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19th Century French Mid-Century Modern Antique André Sornay Chairs

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Beech

Beech chairs by André Sornay
By Andre Sornay
Located in Sammu-shi, Chiba
Vintage dining chair by French designer André Sornay. It is manufactured with a design that is assembled by tightening bolts from one side. Manufacturer is his own workshop, Sornay M...
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage André Sornay Chairs

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Beech

Pair of Mid-Century André Sornay Armchairs, France, circa 1960s
By Andre Sornay
Located in New York, NY
Vintage pair of mid-century André Sornay pine and black lacquered armchairs from France, c. 1960s. Part of the makers patented "tigette" system.
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern André Sornay Chairs

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Pine

André Sornay: Important Set of Six Walnut & Leather Dining Chairs, France 1930s
By Andre Sornay
Located in New York, NY
André Sornay (1902-2000) A beautiful set of six minimalist, pure-lined dining chairs by André Sornay, with subtly curved and tapered backs and elegant sabre legs. In French walnut u...
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage André Sornay Chairs

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Leather, Walnut

Pair of Andre Sornay Seats, circa 1950
By Andre Sornay
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Pair of Andre Sornay seats, circa 1950 (original fabric in perfct condition).
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage André Sornay Chairs

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Wood

André Sornay Pair of Chairs, circa 1930
By Andre Sornay
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
André Sornay pair of chairs, circa 1930. “Certificate of Authenticity” from Thierry Roche, French expert for André Sornay.
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1930s French Art Deco Vintage André Sornay Chairs

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Wood, Fabric

Set of Six Chairs by André Sornay, France 1960s
By Andre Sornay
Located in VILLEURBANNE, FR
Rare set of six chairs by the cabinetmaker and designer from Lyon André Sornay. Solid pine uprights assembled by threaded rods, a system patented by Sornay himself, with anthracite ...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern André Sornay Chairs

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Wood

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Pair of André Sornay Armchairs in Sapele Mahogany and Bouclé, France, 1950s
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Set of Eight Oregon Pine Ladder Chairs
By Carl Malmsten, Axel Einar Hjorth, Goran Malmvall
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Set of Eight Oregon Pine Ladder Chairs
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Set of Italian chairs by Dal Vera, 1960s
By Dal Vera
Located in Palermo, PA
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage André Sornay Chairs

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Set of Italian chairs by Dal Vera, 1960s
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H 31.11 in W 16.54 in D 16.93 in
Six French Dining Chairs Beech Os de Mouton Louis XIII Style, circa 1960
Located in Labrit, Landes
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Set of Four Chairs, 1960s
By Thonet
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By Andre Sornay
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By Andre Sornay
Located in VILLEURBANNE, FR
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By Andre Sornay
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Rare Set of Eight Andre Sornay Dining Chairs
By Andre Sornay
Located in New York, NY
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1930s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage André Sornay Chairs

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Set of Four Dining Chairs by Andre Sornay
By Andre Sornay
Located in New York, NY
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Set of Four Dining Chairs by Andre Sornay
Set of Four Dining Chairs by Andre Sornay
H 31.5 in W 19.5 in D 19.5 in
Pair of Oak Side Chairs by Andre Sornay
By Andre Sornay
Located in New York City, NY
Pair of two French wooden side chairs with linen upholstery. Seat Height 17"
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Pair of Oak Side Chairs by Andre Sornay
Pair of Oak Side Chairs by Andre Sornay
H 35 in W 18.5 in D 18.5 in
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Located in New York City, NY
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André Sornay chairs for sale on 1stDibs.

André Sornay chairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of André Sornay chairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original chairs by André Sornay were created in the mid-century modern style in france during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider chairs by Robert Mallet-Stevens, Tolix, and Pascal Mourgue. Prices for André Sornay chairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $534 and can go as high as $22,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $3,630.

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