12 dining chairs by Louis Sognot for ARFLEX,1959. Brass legs,Upholstery restored

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Fabulous set of 12 dining chairs designed by famed French artist, decorator and designer Louis Sognot (1892-1970) in 1959 for Arflex, Italy. Seating restored.

The seating on these twelve chairs has been fully restored comprising new original high specification Pirelli rubber webbing ; high quality and extremely hard to find today original speciification' latex' foam , new high quality ,Danish 'Hallingdall 65 ' fabric designed by Nana Ditzel for Kvadrat. The brass legs have been sympathetically hand polished and look lovely , please be aware that small insignificant marks ie light small scratches in the brass may still exist commensurate with originality age and use, it is completely unrealistic to assume that genuine chairs which are now over 50 years old will have perfect mark free brass legs. Please ask for additional photos

The sympathetic restoration involved stripping each chair back to its bare tubular steel frame . Please see image 9, a mini collage illustrating a few or the restoration stages. Photos of the full restoration at various stages off the restoration process will be made available to the buyer.

These dining chairs can be purchased as either a set of 12 or a slightly smaller set of 10. The indicated price is for a set of 12 chairs. We have photos of the entire restoration process including stripping down of the original chairs with worn original fabric. We have managed to retain four of the original Arflex fabric labels which have been reattached to the underside of the seats. Please see IMAGE 4.

This beautiful Sognot model is illustrated in an original 1962 Arflex catalog, which we have in our library, where this model is confirmed as designed by Louis Sognot. In addiiton the catalog states this model was available in two options , either with luxurious brass legs or with cheaper black enameled legs. This set feature the luxury brass leg option which have a beautifully elegant tapered profile finished off with swivel joint feet to take up irregular floor surfaces.

Maurice Rinck edited another variant of this model for Sognot in France but only with the cheaper black enameled legs to suit the more rationalist taste of the French during this period .The Rinck edition featured alongside the luminaires of Serge Mouille at the 1960 'Salon des arts menagers in Paris', please see scan of page, image 2 in this listing.

Patrick Favardin's tome on French Mid-Century design 'les decorateurs des annees 50' also confirms both the Arflex,Italy and Rinck editions. The Arflex brass leg version was also documented in the Italian design journal 'Rivista dell Arredamento' in 1963. Please see literature references below which will be made available to seriously interested clients.


Original ARFLEX manufacturer's catalog , 1962 , (illustrates example with red upholstery and brass legs) and documents Sognot as the designer . The catalog confirms two sales options were originally avaible, either the luxury option with brass legs or with cheaper black enamelled legs.

'RIVISTA DELL ARREDAMENTO' issue number 105, 1963, page 32 .

'LES DECORATEURS DES ANNEES 50', FAVARDIN, page 163, NORMA EDITIONS 2002 documents the variant with black enamelled legs edited by Maurice Rinck with black enamelled legs at the Maurice Rinck stand at the 1960 'salon des arts menagers' alongside the luminaires of Serge Mouiie. The text also confirms that Arflex produced the brass leg variant for Sognot. PLEASE SEE IMAGE 2

Sognot was an early protagonist of Cubism and the Modern Movement but soon began to stand out by moving away from the radicalism of functionalism to assert some idea of ​​comfort and quality , this singular position explains his dual involvement both as member of the 'l'Union des artistes décorateurs, créateurs, ensembliers' and of the ' l'Union des artistes modernes'.

Sognot studied at the Ecole Bernard Palissy and learned cabinetry at the famed JANSEN workshops. He moved on to run the famed PRIMAVERA workshop which was one of the founding sites of the Art Deco movement who allowed him to present his first collection of furnitue at the 'Salon d'Automne' et au 'Salon des artistes décorateurs' in Paris.

Sognot soon became inspied by the modernist movement and his creations soon began to show the influences of cubism, notably a collection of furniture he presented at the Primavera pavillion at the 1925 ' l'Exposition internationale des Arts décoratifs et industriels modernes'. At this time he discovered the achievements of Robert Mallet- Stevens and Francis Jourdain who thei influence can be seen in his output of this period.

Although influenced by the tubular steel furnitue created by Marcel Breuer, Louis Sognot soon found his own style in the Modern Movement during the late 1920s. In association with Charlotte Alix, he invented many sets of metal furniture but lookined to escape the " clinical Style" to reconcile with the quality of the French tradition of the 'Salon decorators' . He added the use of other materials such wood, wicker , leather or colored fabrics . . This furniture was widely acclaimed by the critics of the time because they seem to reconcile industrial production with individual decoration.

1937 marked a new milestone for Sognot ,at the ''Exposition internationale des arts et des techniques' he presented for the first time a series of high quality modern furniture available for the pockets of the middle classes. In 1939 the war interrupted Sognot's nascent attempts in the democatization of high quality design to the masses.

From 1945 , Sognot worked in partnership on several projects with Rene Gabriel and Jaques Dumond as part of the the process of rebuilding a largely destroyed France, such as the design with Dumond for .a modern apartment in the International Exhibition of Urban Planning and Housing in 1947.

Sognot remained active until the 1960s , in 1958 he designed a series of luxurious pieces for Maurice Rinck that were exhibited at the 'l'Exposition universelle' alongside the light sculptures of Serge Mouille. In 1960 his designs again edited by Maurice Rinck including this design of dining chair appear in a photo taken of Rinck's exhibition stand ,again alongside the light sculptures of Serges Mouille, at the 1960 'Salon des arts menagers'.
Louis Sognot (Designer)
Of the Period
Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
Materials and Techniques
Good. The seating has been fully restored, stripped back to their bare frames and restored with original specification materials; new Pirelli rubber webbing,new high quality LATEX foam, Danish 'Hallingdall 65' fabric.Brass legs have been hand polished..
Wear consistent with age and use
31.69 in. H x 18.31 in. W x 22.64 in. D
81 cm H x 47 cm W x 58 cm D
Seat Height
17.91 in. (46 cm)
Dealer Location
bergen op zoom, Netherlands
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Located in bergen op zoom, NL

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