Louis Sognot was born in Paris in 1892 and studied at l’École Bernard Palissy before learning the art of cabinet making under the instruction of Jansen. He went on to become the professor of decoration at l’Ecole Boule in 1926.
Sognot then worked for Krieger before starting work with Primavera in the Paris workshop, which he ran alongside Charlotte Chauchet-Guillere until 1930. His furniture had a very constructed feel, often working on a large scale, using beautiful veneers and many of these pieces emanate a Cubist influence.
As of 1929, Louis Sognot used a lot of metal and glass in his work. It was also in this period that he worked closely with Charlotte Alix, designing highly functional furniture together. Sognot’s work, both with and without Charlotte Alix, used the best parts of common materials for the veneer, and combinations of metal and wood. He also used glass increasingly in his work in many different forms.
Since the birth of l’Union des Artistes Mondernes, Sognot and Alix had both been members and in 1930 they presented a room at the first Salon de l’Union des Artistes Modernes. They created a conference and administration room that was able to convert into a reception room, with metal armchairs covered in fabrics that could be removed and washed. This was one of their most accomplished designs together. They also worked alongside Le Corbusier, Pierre Chareau and Francis Jourdain, amongst others, in 1930 to design the offices for the paper La Semaine à Paris.
In 1932, Louis Sognot realised a dining room for the autumn salon using a new materiel called “lakarmé”, a moulded and lacquered plastic, which enabled his furniture to be light, unbreakable and in very unexpected forms. The same year, he and Charlotte Alix completed a project for the Maharajah of India. He also designed furniture for many other people of repute.