André Sornay

(French, 1902–2000)

oregon pine sideboard, <i>c. 1935</i> by andré sornay

André Sornay

Oregon Pine Sideboard, c. 1935

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paire de lampes / pair of lamps by andré sornay

André Sornay

Paire de lampes / Pair of lamps

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Biography

Timeline

1902
Born in Lyon. Son and grandson of a manufacturer of furniture. Manufacture founded in 1868.
1903
Last appearance at «Salon d’automne” in Lyon., displaying a “ Studio corner» then noticed and admired for his extreme simplicity of style in a limited closed area.
1917
Student at “Ecole des Beaux-Arts” in Lyon, «Décoration»section under the supervision of J; Larriv, Sonay is studying the books illustration technics
1919
Death of his father. He is then designated at the age of 17 to take over the head of the manufacture.
1920
He stops the production of period furniture and starts designing furniture of a more contemporary style, with very pure simple lines
1922
«Salon de l’ameublement»in Lyon: first participation in a public exhibition. his work is, in the spirit of Follot and Dufrêne ornamented with stylised flowers, like Iribe’s work
1923
Partricipates in the first “Salon d’Automne” in Lyon where he exhibites a sycamore bedroom set, givinfg the wood the aspects of concrete. Complete misunderstanding from the the local press. First contacts with Jourdain, head of the review called “Mobilier et Decoration” from Lyon, in which in 1922, appears Sornay’s production. Sornay is a great admirer of Pierre Chareau
1924
“Salon d’Automne” in Lyon: presentation of a Rio rosewood and walnut dining room with applications of copper and brass Becomes a friend of Beyer, galss specialist, and will later collaborate for lamps. Other artists from Lyon will work with Sornay, Zadounaïsky who will create the wrought iron work ornamenting various furniture., Linossier,famous “dinandier” from Lyon, who produced decorative plates inlaid on doors for different chests and bookshelves by Sornay
1925
Attends the “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs Industriels et Modernes” in Paris:exhibiting at “ Pavillon de Lyon et Saint Etienne” designed by Tony Garnier ( Architect). Showing pieces such as chest and a Macassar ebony library
1927
Decoration of F. Maire’s apartment, president of “Salon d’Automne”, in collaboration with Louis Thomas (architect). Suggesting a complete harmony between the furniture and the inside architecture