Last night we were at the Opening Night of the Paris Biennale and it was a spectacular event. The interior of the Grand Palais, designed by Karl Lagerfield for the Fair, was dominated by a massive hot air balloon.
There was a strong showing of 20th century design classics and arts decoratifs, amid much talk of a shift in taste of the Fair’s clients away from French 18th century antiques towards this market. Galerie Alain Marcelpoil was showing an exquisite console/desk with four drawers and integrated lighting (circa 1929, stamped A. SORNAY) in Indian rosewood and solid mahogany by Andre Sornay.
We loved the two bridge armchairs in mahogany also by Sornay. From a set of sixteen chairs, they had been displayed in 1937 as part of the Andre Sornay “study” recreated at the ‘Exposition Internationale des arts et techniques dans la vie moderne’ (awarded the bronze medal).